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LPL resumes in first half of March 2020

Published: 10:17, 29 February 2020
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Tencent League of Legends Pro League (LPL), the top of Chinese LoL esports, has been postponed due to Coronavirus but it will resume soon. There are a few hitches that were implemented in order to minimise health risks.

Riot Games and Tencent decided to suspend LPL until further notice in late January 2020, due to health risks posed by the outbreak of Coronavirus. Roughly one month later, on 28 February 2020, LPL announced that the league will continue on 9 March 2020 but with several constraints that were put in place to prevent virus exposures.

One of the most important changes is that the teams will play from their organisations' headquarters, meaning all the matches will be online. This also means some ping will have to be there and could potentially interfere with the players' performances but it is a compromise that has to be made.

Furthermore, all the players will have to go through a 14-day monitored quarantine and meet the local health requirements in order to participate. Even then, not all players will be in the same room as their team. Players in quarantined provinces will not be able to join their teams in the organisation headquarters and will have to play from their own location. 

Ping is not the only concern when it comes to prestigious competitions in video games though. In case an organisation is willing to risk the repercussions that stem from using cheats, it could technically be possible in online competitions. LPL will have on-site referees where it's possible in order to minimise such risks.

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Western fans can watch the matches when LPL resumes but the English broadcasts will not start until 15 March 2020. Considering this is the first time official League of Legends competition of this scale is being done online, LPL stated they are aware of possible technical difficulties but they will work on dealing with these to the best of their ability.

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