Honor of Kings, the Tencent owned “national mobile game of China”, has announced that it was moving its King Professional League (KPL) 2020 spring tournaments online due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. The league said it had already improved and revised the corresponding rules for the game. The opening match will take place on March 18. Founded in 2016, KPL is the largest mobile esports league. The upcoming Spring 2020 season will be the first in four year where the competitions will be held entirely online.
KPL’s first opening game of 2020 Spring season will be played by Chengdu All Gamers against Chongqing QGhappy. Audiences can watch the game at 18:00 on March 18 through the official website of King of Glory, the in-game livestreaming section, Honor of King’s official data app King’s Camp and other various live streaming platforms.
According to KPL’s new rules for online competitions, the referee of the league will go to the official competition venues for on-site judging and supervision, while players will play in club bases that meet the leagues standards for network and equipment . Zhang Yijia, General Manager of Tencent’s interactive entertainment mobile esports business and president of KPL said that the impact of the epidemic on the esports professional league is only short-term, and the long-term trend will not change.
Launched in 2016, KPL is the pinnacle of the national professional King of Glory gaming tournament hierarchy. In the past five years, it has been held offline in the Shanghai Expo center, Oriental Sports Center, Mercedes-Benz Center, Sichuan Stadium and other large venues.