With the concerns of COVID-19 still troubling esports, Riot Games has announced they will suspend the live audience for both the LCS and LEC. Both regions will play their fixtures through Friday to Monday, but it will be without fans, tailgates, and press.
The LCS will continue to assess the situation regarding the regular season and the season finals in Frisco, Texas. Riot Games expects that they will have a full decision on the LCS Spring Finals by March 20th. If the Spring Finals is affected by COVID-19, then the LCS Spring Finals will play out in the LCS Studio.
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— LCS (@LCSOfficial) March 12, 2020
As for the LEC, the decision has been made to keep fans and press away from the LEC Spring Finals and the regular season entirely.
Riot Games continues the trend of esports organizers looking after press, staff and fans alike due to COVID-19 concerns. In the previous week, LCS officials decided to cancel meet and greet events for the LCS, and high fives and other physical greetings. Meanwhile, Riot moved the LEC Spring Finals from .
Riot Games have been prompted to change their security measures due to COVID-19 being declared a pandemic by the WHO (World Health Organization).
This is not the first time Riot has made alterations to their esports calendar. So far, the LEC Spring finals location has been moved, MSI delayed two months, with the LPL and LCK experiencing delays to their weekly regular season play. .