The Coronavirus pandemic has forced most of the events, tournaments, and announcements to be either cancelled or delayed. We heard about E3 being cancelled for the first time in 25 years. Similarly, BlizzCon along Overwatch matches were also cancelled. CS:GO Major which is a very anticipated tournament for the fans was also cancelled.
League of Legends League was being played online. There were some precautionary tests taken by LPL. Well, today Riot has announced that League of Legends Mid-Season invitational is being canceled.
“The Global League of Legends Esports team has been working hard over the past few months to react to these changes, support our regional leagues as they have successfully pivoted to online competition, and try to preserve our next big international competition, the Mid-Season Invitational. One outcome of this hard work was the decision to delay MSI from May to July with the hope that the crisis would be waning, travel restrictions would come down, and we could deliver an exceptional MSI,” Riot’s global head of LoL esports John Needham wrote.
“Based on the modeling of our external risk advisors, however, it appears highly unlikely that either the global spread/impact of COVID-19 or the restrictive travel and public gathering policies responding to the crisis will abate significantly by the time of MSI’s current planned dates (July 3-19). With this model plus input from health authorities, local governments, regional leagues and teams, travel experts, and other stakeholders, we have made the difficult decision to not hold MSI in 2020. We believe this decision was necessary to ensure the health and safety of the players, teams, crew, partners, media, and fans.”
Since the second biggest League of Legends event has been canceled. Riot will now focus on their primary event, the 2020 World Championship, that might happen later this year.
At the moment, the Coronavirus continues to grow and harm people. Hence, Riot has not shared any specific dates for the event. We only know that it’ll be held in Shanghai China. Hopefully, the Coronavirus pandemic is over, and we will get to enjoy the beautiful Esports event.
Lastly, Riot has implemented a new change to the seeding process. The new system has allowed more seeds in some leagues. The updated seeding will feature the following slots
- LPL (China), LEC (Europe): 4 Teams each
- LCK (Korea), LCS (North America): 3 Teams each
- PCS (Southeast Asia), VCS (Vietnam): 2 Teams each
- CBLOL (Brazil), TCL (Turkey), LJL (Japan), LLA (Latin America), OPL (Oceania), LCL (Commonwealth of Independent States) : 1 Team each