Riot Games will not be restricting third-party tournament organisers from running their own UK League of Legends tournaments.
The League of Legends developer announced earlier this year it was leaving ESL behind to work with LVP on its own upcoming UK tournament: Forge of Champions.
But this doesn’t mean ESL UK has to stay away from League of Legends, if it so chooses. It just means Forge of Champions will be the official Riot-backed and developed tournament for the UK going forwards.
Riot UK’s Head of Esports Mo Fadl told Esports News UK: “We will not restrict third parties. [ESL/Insomnia etc] can run third-party tournaments, but ours is the official league with LVP. We want to help third-party tournaments, not stop them.”
Prior to Forge of Champions’ reveal, the ESL Premiership and UK Masters were the two biggest League tournaments in the UK (most recently won by Misfits and exceL respectively).
Esports News UK reached out to ESL and GAME – which runs the Insomnia gaming festival – for comment.
“We are definitely still running Insomnia BYOC opens – expect to see an Insomnia 63 announce for League soon.”
Mary Antieul, GAME
GAME/Belong’s senior esports and partnerships manager Mary Antieul said: “We are definitely still running Insomnia BYOC opens and expect to see an Insomnia 63 announce for League soon.
“UK Masters is still being reviewed internally before we run any further online leagues. We have rebranded all Insomnia tournaments as UK Masters though.”
ESL offered no comment on the matter.
Belong by GAME recently announced its grassroots summer season Arena Clash tournaments – including League of Legends, Call of Duty, Tekken and Overwatch.
Qualifiers begin June 4th, league stages commence June 25th, playoffs start from July 30th and the finals are August 26th to 30th.
Riot will also be running more community events in the UK, like its Clash 5v5 event held in London’s Server bar last week.
More news on Forge of Champions is expected soon; check back on Esports News UK for the full reveal.
— LVPuk (@LVPuk) June 1, 2018
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.