TCL postponed in wake of Turkey-Syria earthquake
The TCL has announced its postponement following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Turkey.
The Turkish Championship League (TCL), the professional League of Legends federation in Turkey, has announced its postponement until further notice. The news comes following the tragic events that transpired in Turkey and Syria this morning (Monday, Feb. 6). The LEC's Turkish broadcast will also be postponed.
At around midday GMT, the TCL's Twitter account posted the announcement that the League of Legends league will be postponed until further notice. The LEC confirmed this announcement at the beginning of their week three, day three broadcast.
"Our thoughts and condolences are with all those impacted by the series of earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. The Turkish broadcast of the LEC will be canceled until further notice and we are working closely with and supporting our team members in the region." - Translation from Reddit user u/Cahootie
On Monday morning, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Gaziantep, Turkey, at 04:17 local time, taking the lives of thousands. Twelve hours later, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey's Elbistan district of Kahramanmaraş province. The earthquake has impacted Turkey, Syria, and Cyprus.
Leagues affected by Gaziantep earthquake
The TCL is the primary league of Turkey and has been postponed. As mentioned above, the LEC will have its Turkish broadcast postponed until further notice. The Polish League of Legends league, Ultraliga, has also postponed its fourth week of competitive games with "the players' best interest in mind." The Ultraliga field teams that include Turkish players, whose homeland is currently being impacted by the day's tragic events.
At the time of writing this article, no other league has made an announcement surrounding their broadcast. This section will be updated if more announcements are made.
AKUT Search and Rescue Association is a Turkish NGO that works in disaster response and relief. You can donate to the organization and find out more about helping the relief effort here.
Editor | Twitter @MarnMedia
Jordan "Marn" Marney is an esports journalist from across the pond. Marn specialises in telling stories about League of Legends and Call of Duty. Marn has been a passionate esports fan since 2014 and has written for publications Unikrn, Esports Network, ESTNN and The United Stand.