COVID-19 has not only suspended outdoor sporting events but indoor tournaments such as e-sports as well. Riot declared on 6th of March that Korea’s LCK is going to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Several individuals in the e-sports platform have a helping hand to this cause; various League of Legends players have donated for a part of their earnings to help medical centres tackle this virus which is now regarded as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
T1 Star donates to Community Chest of Korea to fight COVID-19
A renowned player and new part-owner of SK Telecom 1, Lee Faker Sang-hyeok donated $25,000 for the prevention measures of COVID-19. As per reports, other players of this whole organisation will also be donating funds from their live streams this week. Lee took to Twitter to let his followers know about his concern about the victims and their closed ones who are battling day and night to fight the coronavirus.
He mentioned about this desire to help the ones in need during such times of the COVID-19 outbreak and hoped that the whole of South Korea and the rest of the world bands together in order to tackle this situation. Faker also added that his donations to the Community Chest of Korea felt like the optimal; choice in ensuring that substantial support is provided to those who require it. The Community Chest of Korea is a non-profit organisation whose top priority is to help affected individuals in this coronavirus outbreak.
The LCK and LPL suspended till further notice
As of now, the LCK is shut down indefinitely. With more than 8,236 confirmed individuals infected with the coronavirus in South Korea, 75 of them has their lives due to COVID-19. South Korea has now the 4th largest number of confirmed cases with China, Italy, Iran ahead of them, respectively. Worldwide, more than 169,907 individuals have been affected by this contagious virus leading to almost 6,520 deaths.
As Asia and others fight against this disease, other known players in the LCK have also shown a helping hand in offering support. Tae-sang Doinb Kim from FunPlus Phoenix provided financial support in January. Following this, DragonX’s Ji-Hoon Chovy Jeon contributed $8,385.68 to the coronavirus prevention treasury of Community Chest of Korea.
Not only the LCK but the League of Legends event in China, also referred to as the LPL, is also suspended until further notice. No details have been revealed regarding how the Mid-Season Invitational, which is the first international event of 2020, will be carried out in the future.