Riot Games have decided to cancel the live 2020 LEC Spring Split finals, which were to take place in Budapest, Hungary, April 25-26. The reason is the growing concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, pushing Riot to avoid large hall competitions.
“We have been closely monitoring the situation with the Covid-19 coronavirus across Europe and around the world, and have come to the difficult decision to hold our 2020 Spring Finals in the LEC Studio in Berlin instead of Budapest. This was not an easy decision to make, however, the health and safety of players, fans, and staff is our number one priority.”
The finals will not be fully cancelled, but instead move to the Berlin studio, where the LEC is held each week. A live audience will be allowed to watch the finals, but now in a “more controlled environment”, as Riot Games put it.
This is not the first event Riot have had to reschedule due to the virus outbreak. First, the LPL went into a one-month hiatus, and is only returning next week March 9. Next, Riot announced that they will be revealing the timing and location for MSI 2020 at a later date, and it’s almost certain that the tournament will not fall under its regular schedule of early May. And just earlier this week, the LCK announced that it will go on its on indefinite break over the same concerns.