Riot Games Korea announced that the LoL Champions Korea (LCK) will go to an online format for the rest of the year. This comes after the spread of the coronavirus has worsened in the Seoul area.
An announcement regarding the remaining 2020 LCK matches: pic.twitter.com/UIsxnTeTiS
— LCK Global (@lck_global) August 20, 2020
The LCK had been holding games in their studio, LoL Park, without a live audience. Riot Games Korea stressed that the league had been operating under strict safety guidelines, but they are now moving online as a preemptive measure.
This is just the latest obstacle Riot Games Korea have had to overcome in 2020. The LCK were forced to postpone the second half of the Spring Split after an uptick of coronavirus cases in South Korea. Play resumed 20 days later, this time in an online only format. After finishing out the regular season online, the LCK Spring Finals returned to LoL Park. LCK players also competed in the Mid-Season Cup from LoL Park.
The LCK will again use referees stationed at team sites to ensure fair play. Riot Korea also announced that the analysis desk is suspended until further notice.
This change covers week 10 of the regular season, the Summer playoffs, and the Regional Finals. The Summer playoffs are scheduled to be played from Wednesday, August 26th through Saturday, September 5th. The Regional Finals follow shortly after, taking place from Monday, September 7th to Wednesday, September 9th.
The announcement comes amidst a fierce battle at the top of the LCK standings. In the final day of play from LoL Park, DAMWON Gaming’s victory over T1 has helped them retake the top spot over DRX. The two teams will now be fighting for the first seed from their home venues. DAMWON Gaming play KT Rolster in their final game on Saturday, August 22nd, while DRX will take on T1 on Sunday, August 23rd.