A new announcement by Riot Games confirmed that the League of Legends European Championship will return next January, with the first game taking place on January 14th. There will be no road shows for the spring split - but Riot is looking for options for the summer.
Worlds is almost upon us - and you better not forget to how to prepare for those sweet drops - but that doesn't mean Riot Games has forgotten about everything else in the League of Legends world. Maximilian 'Max the X' Peter Schmidt, Riot Head of Esports for League of Legends in Europe & MENA (so the big boss of all of LEC) made a recent statement on the LoL Esports page, laying down a few facts about the LEC 2022 Spring Season. You can read it in full here, but here is the gist of it:
Mark Your Calendars
The season itself starts on January 14th, Friday. With no changes to the format announced (yet) it is likely that we will see the same format as last year. However, one change we will see is in the teams present. In June, news broke that FC Schalke 04 Esports sold their spot for €26.5m, so next year we will see a new team in the LEC. The Swiss organization Team BDS, which purchased the spot, has a team in the LFL, but we can expect to see a different roster come on the LEC stage next year. Speaking of stages...
LEC Stays Online
Max the X confirmed that the LEC will not have any road shows for the spring split, including for the playoffs. Instead, the team will focus their efforts on a high standard for their online shows. While their last year was pretty good - the European League certainly avoided the viewership decrease of the LCS - no doubt many fans are yearning for the old days where the audience was not composed entirely of poros. While the announcement did not specifically mention live events in the Berlin studio, I wouldn't get my hopes up just yet. However, Max the X did say that Riot is looking into options for the summer split. We only hope that they materialize.
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