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The LEC Spring Finals have been moved from Budapest to Berlin

Published: 17:44, 06 March 2020
Updated: 12:10, 09 March 2020
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Will the matches be played with an audience?

The League of Legends European Championship (LEC) spring finals event in Budapest has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The finals are still going to take place in Berlin but it is unknown whether an audience is going to be present at the event.

The LEC Spring Finals which was supposed to be held in Budapest was moved to Berlin as a precaution for the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 coronavirus. This was announced by the European Head of Esports, Alberto "Tiroless" Guerrero.

"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. " said Guerrero in an article on the official League of Legends eSports website.

The message stated that holding the event on a smaller scale in their Berlin studio should reduce the risk of the virus compared to the arena in Budapest which was the first choice. He also addressed the fact that this change will come as a big disappointment for the LEC fans in Hungary by saying that this wasn't the only chance for Budapest to host the event as they "will look into options to bring the LEC to Budapest in the future."

LEC is one of the last major leagues to be affected by the ongoing coronavirus on a somewhat larger scale. Chinese LPL, which was suspended after only one week of play, will continue the split by playing online from their club's headquarters. LCK was also suspended after they played their last matches from the first round robin. 

Riot Games League of Legends LEC studio Will the Berlin studio be a good host for the finals?

So far three out of four major regions have been affected by the Covid-19 in one way or another, with the North American LCS being the only exception. This is the main reason why we still don't have the answer as to when and where the Mid-Season Invitational is going to be held.

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