Edward Gaming, DWG KIA, Gen.G players test positive for COVID-19 in midst of Group Stage

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Oct 15

The first half of the Worlds 2022 Group Stage concluded on October 10. After a two day break, the second half of groups will begin on October 12 in the same venue at Hulu Theatre in New York City, USA.

One day before the second half of groups, Edward Gaming, DWG KIA, and Gen.G announced that some players and staff have contracted COVID-19.

According to Riot Games’ policy, when a competitor tests positive but feels well enough to play, they can still compete in schedule matches from a designated LAN network in an isolated facility. Their teammates and the opposing team will continue to play from the venue.

Riot Games has been adopting this policy across their esports titles, including Valorant. The recently concluded Valorant Champions that took place in September last month in Istanbul, Turkey, also saw some competitors test positive during the tournament.

Edward Gaming was the first among Group Stage teams to announce that mid laner Lee “Scout” Ye-chan had tested positive. He was confirmed to be COVID positive after a second PCR test.

He is feeling well, and has already been isolated, the organization added. He will continue to train and compete with the team from the isolation room. The rest of the team has tested negative.

Four hours after EDG made the announcement, DWG KIA posted that junlger Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu had tested positive on Twitter.

Gen.G also gave an update in the same hour, stating that mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, head coach Go “Score” Dong-bin, and coach Kim “Museong” Moo-seong are down with COVID, but feel well enough to continue competing.

T1 CEO Joe Marsh went on Twitter to assure fans that the LCK second seed are currently testing negative, and wishes other teams affected a speedy recovery.

Watch the 2022 World Championship matches live on Riot Games’ official channels on Twitch and YouTube.

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