This article originally appeared on ABACUS The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) is big business in China, where it has hundreds of millions of fans and many high-profile sponsors . After a nearly two-months-long delay , the popular esports league recently started its spring split online . But now all players and game casters are wearing masks, which they’re required to do in game rooms and in broadcast studios. Like the NFL or NBA, the LPL has a franchise-based system with home and away games, where hundreds of fans can show up to cheer on their favorite teams in a local esports arena. But with the Covid-19 pandemic growing around the world, all live audience events have been canceled. The Overwatch League, which has four China-based teams, is another esports league scrambling to find ways to continue matches during the pandemic. After previously canceling matches in China , it’s now canceling all matches in March and April. The league said it’s working on a plan to continue matches online . Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.