UPDATE (April 3rd 2019): Team UK have been knocked out in the group stages.
They won two games and lost four in Group B. While two other teams did the same (Spain and Nordics), it was Spain who went through reportedly based on scorelines versus the other teams and time spent per match. Italy topped the group with six wins and no losses.
It was a shame as Team UK showed real promise, with excellent overall early game play, but faltered in the mid to late game with some cautious plays and panicking from some of their players.
Had a lot of fun in Twitch Rivals EU, thought I played mediocre overall. Some goodish games and plays and some poop ones. I think I needed to focus on playing more hyper carries late as I just fell of several times on Poppy etc. Hopefully there will be more events in the future!
— Huzzy (@HuzzyGamesLoL) April 3, 2019
Was so close to making it out of the group stage this time, ah well. As always was so fun to participate, love playing these competitive-style games, it’s so different from solo queue. Thanks Riot for inviting me!
— Vapora Dark (@VaporaDark) April 3, 2019
Sorry I inted last game guys, I think I could have definitely won it for us.. gg to the other teams
— Vicksy’koz ? (@xL_Vicksy) April 3, 2019
Don’t let the tweet above you fool you – mid-laner Vicksy really popped off in a few games, particularly as Zoe, and team UK did deserve at least three wins we felt.
The team takes home $5,000.
In Group A, Germany and France went through with 5-1 and 4-2 results, with Poland and Hungary knocked out with 3-3 and 0-6 scorelines respectively.
More info and results here.
Original article (March 29th 2019): Riot Games has partnered with Twitch to host a League of Legends streamer tournament – and Team UK has been confirmed.
The Twitch Rivals: League of Legends Road to TwitchCon Europe qualifying tournament will take place on April 3rd featuring eight national teams.
Then, the full Country Showdown will see the top four teams battle it out for $75,000 at TwitchCon Europe on April 14th in Berlin.
Finally, the TwitchCon Europe All-Star Showdown will pit five North American and five European League of Legends stars against each other with $25,000 on the line.
Team UK (pictured left to right) consists of:
Victoria ‘Vicksy’ Doman and Joshua ‘Snitch’ Bennett have notable esports experience in particular. The former has played in the ESL UK League of Legends Premiership and for Excel’s female team, while Snitch played for Dignitas’ decorated Heroes of the Storm team before making the switch to League of Legends after Blizzard scrapped HotS esports.
I’m very proud to announce that I will be participating in @Twitch Rivals as Team UK’s mid laner! I’m very grateful towards @uk_lol and the LPP, this is such a huge opportunity for me and something I had always dreamed of doing <3
— Vicksy’koz ? (@xL_Vicksy) March 28, 2019
So the announcement you’ve been waiting for……….
I am officially the UK Support for Twitch Rivals on Wednesday. Thanks you LPP and @uk_lol @uk_lol for giving me this opportunity to feed on the big screen ?
— Bizzleberry (@BizzleberryLoL) March 28, 2019
To celebrate the occasion, Twitch Prime members will be treated to a Summoner’s Crown Capsule in League of Legends, which will contain a random Permanent Skin, Ward Skin and Summoner Icon.
Fans will also be able to watch the action from their favourite streamers’ perspective live on their own individual Twitch channels.
The TwitchCon Europe All-Star Showdown will see five handpicked NA League of Legends streamers from the first Twitch Rivals: League of Legends Showdown that took place in January, and a handpicked EU team to represent the entire continent against NA.
Alongside the Twitch Rivals competitions, Riot Games will also host a series of fan-focused events at TwitchCon Europe. On Saturday April 13th, fans are invited to hang out at the outdoor gaming truck that will host 20 streaming stations, attend meet and greets with their favourite streamers and head over to the League of Legends LAN Area to grab swag and exclusive game codes.
There is also an Apex Legends Twitch Rivals event taking place, featuring the likes of UK streamers onscreen, Valkia and AlexJJ:
Looks like I’m going TwitchCon my dudes.
I’ll be playing in the @PlayApex #TwitchRivals tournament with @officialvalkia & @officialAlexJJ!
Who is heading to Berlin? Jeez it’s been so long since I’ve been to an event. pic.twitter.com/jOqGAtOIi9
— G2 onscreen (@onscreenlol) March 28, 2019
The full set of streamers and national teams set to compete in Twitch Rivals: League of Legends Road to TwitchCon Europe Showdown are as follows:
UK and Ireland
- Huzzy (Top)
- VaporaDark (Jungle)
- Vicksy (Mid)
- Snitch (Bot)
- Bizzleberry (Support)
- Th3_antonio (Top)
- ElOjoNinja (Jungle)
- Zeling (Mid)
- CarritosKami (Bot)
- Manutegaming (Support)
Poland and Baltics
- Kubon_ (Top)
- Nervarien (Jungle)
- Overpow (Mid)
- nieuczesana (Bot)
- RandomBruceTV (Support)
- LeRoiBisou (Top)
- Narkuss (Jungle)
- Melon (Mid)
- Chap (Bot)
- Sharkk (Support)
- Scarfaceee (Top)
- FNATIC Eni (Jungle)
- ESG Noway (Mid)
- Sologesang (Bot)
- Nylana (Support)
- Wickd (Top)
- Gripex (Jungle)
- Lancemenot (Mid)
- Proxyfox (Bot)
- Relinquishedlive (Support)
- darcigh (Top)
- Pierce (Jungle)
- adamkissak (Mid)
- Mukica (Bot)
- Nerdhub (Support)
- Lazuriel (Top)
- Fragola (Jungle)
- Aki (Mid)
- Counter (Bot)
- Paoloidolo (Support)
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.