League of Legends Chinese pro esports league suspends events over spreading coronavirus

It lurks.

If you’ve somehow missed all the news about the growing coronavirus epidemic, we’ll forgive you – it’s been a wild news week in the world outside of gaming. But in a nutshell, health agencies and governments across the world have been working overtime to combat this new virus, which doctors think is a bit like SARS, only slightly more mild. It’s now spread to nearly 3000 cases, with at least 80 people dead near the Wuhan epicenter in China as the flu-like symptoms become serious respiratory tract illnesses in those with weakened immune systems.

In spite of the fact that large swathes of China are now on lockdown, the virus is spreading rapidly; according to CNN, it’s moving around the globe, with something like 50 cases confirmed across North America, Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia, contributing to stock declines, health screenings at airports, school closures hundreds of miles away, and quarantine zones.

So with all that in mind, it should come as no great shock that organizations in China are simply shutting down public gatherings and events to stop the spread of the virus, and that’s what brings us back to the world of gaming, as China’s Tencent-backed League of Legends pro and dev leagues canceled their ongoing events.

As RPS notes, this decision might not have been made out of an abundance of caution but because they had no choice, given the tight restrictions on travel right now.

Source: Twitter via RPS

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Techno Wizard

*Breathes through gas mask filters*

Be Safe.


It seems to be milder than SARS as far as symptoms go, but far worse in its ability to spread; the virus has an incubation period of about 10 days (meaning before those 10 days are over infected people have no symptoms and, thus, are unaware they even have the disease), but differently from SARS the new coronavirus seems to already have the ability to spread during its incubation period. This means that people that are feeling perfectly fine and show no symptoms can already be spreading the disease to everyone they interact with.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Yea. They know nothing about it other than it’s a coronavirus. When they give stats, like 2,000 sick, that just means that’s the ones they’ve identified. It’s likely spread across the world already and thousands of people are carrying it, and as you say, spreading it.

Since it’s a brand new virus, no one has any immunity to it. So it bears watching.


At the same time there’s a huge amount of scaremongering going on with the theory that this is some sort of bioweapon engineered in the BSL-4 lab found like 8 miles from the first reported case of the outbreak in Wuhan, and that it does far worse than just respiratory problems.

Kind of annoying trying to find info about it right now between China likely hiding numbers and folks trying to create a big scare about it.


While that’s a scary prospect, it’s still far from Stephen King’s The Stand proportions of both the infection and mortality. I still hope this all gets under control regardless.