The coronavirus outbreak made Riot stay on hold on MSI 2020 announcements, the event date and place announcement will be postponed until the COVID-19 epidemic get resolved.
“I know that many of you are waiting for the details of the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational– and we are eager to share them,” John Needham, Global Head of Esports for Riot Games said. “However, as countries around the world respond to COVID-19, we’ve had to adjust our plans and delay announcing the timing and location of MSI 2020.”
The 2020 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI 2020) is an international tournament held between the first and second splits of all regions. Teams that win the spring split of their region gather each year to claim the MSI champion title in what most fans consider a mini WORLDS tournament with the same amount of hype.
The news comes in after the coronavirus outbreak has already altered much of Riot and eSport events throughout the world, including the complete postponing of the LPL spring season 2020 (Chinese lol championship) that was set to kick off in January, and an LCK (Japeneese lol championship) held in closed environment without an audience.
The League of Legends’ Pacific Championship Series season was also delayed because of the outbreak, it was scheduled to start on Feb. 8. and we have yet to get a new date announced.
John Needham Head of eSports for Riot ended his statement by thanking the fans for their support and promised them that this is just a delay not a cancelation of the event.
“I want to thank our fans, teams, partners, and players for your patience while we continue planning the event. We will update you as soon as possible with any relevant new information.”