South Korea suspends K-League season as virus cases soar past 800

Clay Curtis
February 27, 2020

On Monday, South Korea's K League postponed the start of the new football season, which was scheduled to kick off this coming weekend, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Seoul Dynasty's inaugural homestand was set to be held on March 7 and 8, but will now be rescheduled.

This is on the back of all Chinese homestands being canceled due to the virus, the Shanghai Dragons not having a match until week 10 of the league, and the current scores for the tumultuous third season being awry and frankly lopsided.

The first game was scheduled to take place at Yongin Citizens Sports Park in Yongin, which is to the south of Seoul.

Following up on the Overwatch League's announcement, Seoul Dynasty itself posted a further explanation. The corporate has canceled a series of matches that had been set to happen in South Korea between February 29th and March 22nd "as a way to shield the well being and security of our gamers, followers, and workers".

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This cancellation is yet another roadblock in the Overwatch League's competitive schedule.

Atlanta, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Seoul, and Shangahi all have yet to play a match to begin their 2020 OWL season.

Player safety is now also an immediate concern. Several teams traveled to Seoul to practice before the Dynasty homestand, including the San Francisco Shock and Los Angeles Gladiators. The Shanghai Dragons and Guangzhou Charge both relocated while the Chengdu Hunters chose to stay local. The team had planned to host matches spanning March 7-22 at the landmark Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

"Overwatch" esports Vice President of business operations and product strategy John Spector told The Verge earlier this month that their decision to cancel their China leg was hard since fans and player were excited to play in the country. At the same time, the King Pro League, a Chinese body for "Arena of Valor" will be played online and not in arenas, said The Verge.

This story is developing and will be updated when more information is released.

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