Although the 2020 LEC Summer Split live finals are not due till September, Riot Games have decided to cancel the event in Malmö due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the org confirmed Tuesday.
“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our plans to host the Summer Finals in Malmö, Sweden. We’re currently exploring other options for the event, and will share more with you in the near future.”
The Spring Finals for all major leagues were played online so it’s entirely possible Riot go with that approach for the Summer Season as well, although hosting them in a closed environment is not out of the question either. In the same announcement, Riot confirmed they’re moving LEC production back to the Berlin Studio starting from week 1, and will gradually grow the attendance, starting with a “skeleton production crew” and eventually aiming to open it to teams and press.
There is no telling when the first major esports LAN will be allowed to occur given the current climate. Valve confirmed postponement of The International 10, which was also to be held in Sweden (Stockholm) this August. In CS:GO, a LAN format for the Rio Major is still planned for November. For League of Legends itself, the local Shanghai government confirmed that the schedule for Worlds 2020, starting in October, remains unchanged.