Riot Games has announced delaying the League of Legends, 2020 Mid-Season Invitational due to the Coronavirus outbreak worldwide.
In a Twitter statement, Riot’s global head of esports John Needham said,
I know many of you are waiting for the details of the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational — and we are eager to share them. However, as countries around the world respond to COVID-19, aka the Corona Virus, we’ve had to adjust our plans and delay announcing the timing and location of MSI 2020. While we remain committed to making the event happen, the health and safety of players and fans comes first and foremost, with the integrity of the competition a close second.
He continued saying,
The Mid-Season Invitational is a showcase of the best teams in our sports, and our goal is to meet your expectations of a globally inclusive tournament that sees the participation of all our leagues. I want to thank our fans, teams, partners, and players for your patience while we continue planning the event.
Riot is committed to arranging this year’s MSI, but they will only organize the tournament when they can ensure the safety of the players, staff, and fans. In the Hotline League, they also discussed that MSI 2020 will not be held in Asia or Europe.
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Coronavirus outbreak already did a major damage to League of Legends Esports as LPL is postponed where World Champion and Former World Champion FunPlus Phoenix and Invictus Gaming participates. And it may remain postponed till May 2020.
Coronavirus now has now infected more than 80,000 globally, and the numbers in Korea and Europe is also growing day by day. As a result, many Esports events in Asia are either postponed or delayed.
It will be a huge risk arranging such a big event like MSI in this time of year where safety is and vital issue.