The commentary team for the League of Legends European Championship will work remotely this upcoming week after veteran caster Trevor "Quickshot" Henry came in contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19, the league announced Friday.
The league made the announcement on Friday, with Quickshot confirming on his Twitter account that both he and his wife, Becca Henry, who works for LEC team Misfits Gaming, came in "direct contact" with a coronavirus carrier prior to Week 3 of the league. Quickshot said he and his wife have not exhibited symptoms but that the decision was made to ensure the safety of his colleagues until their COVID-19 test results return.
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"We have decided to err on the side of caution and have our on-air talent team work from home in order to protect the health of the rest of the production crew during Week 4," the league said in a statement. "We are currently waiting on test results and will reassess for Week 5 as necessary."
The LEC returned to a studio production at the start of the summer split, beginning June 12. Midway through the spring split, Riot Games removed both its LEC in Berlin and League Championship Series in Los Angeles crews from the studios after the novel coronavirus began to spread rapidly through Europe and the United States.
The amount of support I've personally had from the entire @LEC office has been amazing. It feels good to be able to use the stage despite broadcasting from home.— Trevor Henry (@RiotQuickshot) July 3, 2020
As soon as I hear about my results I'll be sure to update everyone. #LEC
As of Friday, there were more than 196,000 cases of COVID-19 in Germany, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine's Coronavirus Resource Center. The LCS crew have not returned to the studio as Los Angeles remains a hotbed for the virus in the U.S., which is now the country with the most cases in the world.
In May, Riot announced they canceled the offline plans for the LEC summer finals, which were set for September in Malmö, Sweden. In addition to that cancellation, the league said it was working on a rollout plan to hopefully return competition to the LEC studio in Berlin by the end of the summer. For now, however, teams have continued to compete from their homes and training facilities across the city.