While many esports tournaments have been postponed or canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Riot Games announced that it is the League of Legends World Championship 2020 in Shanghai from September 25 to October 31. The final will take place at the Pudong Soccer Stadium. The company says that by hosting the event in one location rather than different locations, they can better control the show environment.
At this time, plans to have the early stages of the tournament don’t require a personal audience. The company says it will rely on “local guidelines” to decide whether a private audience will be admitted to the final. If so, details about tickets and any security measures to be applied later will be available later this summer.
“We will continue to use the guidance of several health organizations and local and national authorities to prioritize the safety of our players, fans and everyone involved in bringing Worlds 2020 to life,” Riot said in a statement.
Other sports leagues have restarted with a slew of protective measures, with players in the NBA and MLB playing to a virtual audience, and the NHL starting its playoff season with fan noises. Players are regularly tested for the virus and limited to “bubbles” with limited travel. However, attempts to contain the virus from spreading have had mixed success, with at least 29 MLB players and staff already tested positive for COVID 19 and several games have been canceled, according to ESPN.
Riot has not detailed what precautions are required to protect players League of Legends World Championship 2020, or that they would limit themselves to a bubble. The Chinese came in February League of Legends Pro League interrupted personal play amid the coronavirus outbreak and shifted to an online format.
Tournaments and events left Overwatch, League of Legends, PUBG, Dota 2, Counterattack, the fighting game community and many more were postponed or canceled in the spring when the coronavirus spread around the world.