24/09/2020

Two events in China, the League of Legends LPL and WESG Counter-Strike tournaments, have been canceled amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Two esports events in China have been canceled following the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan City.
The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) has postponed week two of its 2020 season until it can ensure the safety and health of our players and fans. English commentators Jake Hysterics Osypenko, Robert Dagda Price, Oisín Penguin Molloy, Clement Chu, and Joe Munchables Fenny are also leaving the country out of fear of the virus. None of the casters are showing symptoms of the virus, they said.
We dont really know the extent of how dangerous it is, but it seems like it could be a lot worse than people are saying, so were getting the fuck out of here, Fenny said in a video posted to Twitter.
Likewise, WESGs Asia-Pacific finals, scheduled to be held in Macau in February, have been canceled, according to a post on the official Weibo account. Neither WESG nor LPL organizers have announced when the events will be rescheduled. Polygon has reached out to both for more information.
The new coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan City, China late last year. The virus has spread within mainland China, but the majority of the cases remain in Chinas Hubei province, in which Wuhan is situated. Fifty-six people have died from the virus, which has been confirmed to be spread from human-to-human contact. It may have originally spread from animals to humans, however. Chinese officials have quarantined the city and its surrounding areas, imposing a major travel ban which restricts movement of 20 million people, Vox reported.
Though both tournaments are outside of the restricted areas, the travel bans will make it difficult for players and staff attending the event.
Despite the disease spreading in China, its not a global health emergency, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Make no mistake, this is an emergency in China, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, told Vox last week.