While some teams have already played a small handful of matches, Seoul Dynasty, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, and Chengdu Hunters won't play until the ninth week of the season, and Shanghai Dragons won't log any on-stage game time until week 11.
"This is a measure to protect the health and safety of the citizens and our players with the highest priority against the outbreak of the Covid-19 which has entered a serious phase", it added. The league previously postponed matches scheduled for three cities in China this month and rescheduled them for March in Seoul due to the COVID-19 illness, which is caused by a newly identified coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands of people, mostly in China. This follows OWL calling off homestand events that were set to take place in China. The team had planned to host matches spanning March 7-22 at the landmark Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
"But we never had a single discussion where player safety didn't come first", Spector said. "Please stay safe during this hard time". Dynasty have released a statement to explain the situation to fans, and assure that anyone who's bought a ticket for the Homestand will be able to get a refund.
After all, OWL is way from the one enterprise impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that features a number of different notable esports occasions. In the meantime, League of Legends Champions Korea continues to be enjoying matches however with out spectators, and the King Professional League - a Chinese language league for the favored cell sport Honor of Kings / Enviornment of Valor - will be played online instead of in studios and arenas.
China's top-flight League competition, the LPL, is also still on hiatus after the decision to put the tournament on hold.
Blizzard has yet to announce when the delayed Chinese and South Korean matches will take place, but it's likely the two-dozen plus series will now be moved to an event or events in the United States, pending league confirmation.