No audience at 2020 LCK Spring Split due to risk of coronavirus
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With the spread of the deadly coronavirus to Korea from China, Riot Games has decided to take serious measures to protect its staff, the players, and fans. According to an InvenGlobal report, the 2020 League of Legends Champions Korea Spring Split Media Day has been canceled, and matches will not have an audience.
On January 7, 2020, Chinese authorities discovered a new coronavirus strain in the city of Wuhan that has currently claimed over 100 lives with nearly 6,000 reported cases. With it's confirmed spread to Korea, Riot is playing its part in avoiding the possible spread during the LCK Spring Split.
Putting the health of all parties first, they suspended all ticket sales for Friday. As the matches themselves will still hold, special measures are being put in place to prevent the infection and transmission of the coronavirus to pro players and LCK officials that participate in the event.
As the saying goes, "Prevention is better than cure," and that's precisely what Riot Games is going for with this decision. As governments try to contain the coronavirus' spread, others work hard at finding a cure. The developer hasn't communicated how long their measures will last, but it will most likely remain until a vaccine is available and the threat contained.