English-speaking esports casters based in China to cover the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) will be flying home, following concerns around the coronavirus.
Casters including Joe ‘Munchables’ Fenny, Oisín ‘Penguin’ Molloy, Robert ‘Dagda’ Price and Jake ‘Hysterics’ Osypenko will be leaving. Another caster on the team, Clement Chu, is already away from China as he is currently in Taipei.
The team said they will be leaving over the next couple of days and hope to be back soon once the situation has improved.
Experienced British caster Munchables posted the following update video on his Twitter account earlier today:
“In case you don’t know, there’s a virus going around called the coronavirus,” Munchables said.
The news comes after LPL announced it was delaying the Chinese League of Legends tournament due to the coronavirus outbreak, until it can ‘ensure the safety and health’ of its players and fans.
The LPL consists of China’s best League of Legends teams, including Invictus Gaming, Edward Gaming, Royal Never Give Up, current world champions FunPlus Phoenix and more.
More than 2,700 people are reported to have been infected by the coronavirus and around 80 have passed away due to it.
China has put in place travel restrictions and is currently building a 1,000-bed hospital to specifically treat patients that have contracted the virus.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.