LAN event operator DreamHack will be running the UK League Championship (UKLC) from Spring 2020.
DreamHack will be taking over as organiser of the UK’s main League of Legends competition, after LVP stepped back from running the UKLC.
The UKLC Spring 2020 Split will feature eight teams (including Fnatic Rising and Excel Esports) and a £60,000 prize pool, with a double best-of-one round robin format.
This is different from the UKLC this year, which had nine teams taking part, a tower format and revenue-based incentives for teams, rather than a traditional prize pool.
UKLC Spring 2020 will comprise seven weeks of league play, running from February 4th to March 18th 2020.
Semi-finals will take place on March 23rd and the grand finals will get underway on March 29th from the DreamHack Studio in Stockholm, Sweden.
Viewers will be able to follow the action live via twitch.tv/dreamhacklol.
DreamHack will also be handling the return of the League of Legends Nordic Championship for Spring 2020. This also features eight teams, but has a 200,000 SEK prize pool and will feature open qualifiers. It’s likely the UKLC will have a selection process for teams like it did last time.
“DreamHack and Riot Games have been partners for many years, and we are avid fans of League of Legends,” said Marcus Lindmark, Co-CEO of DreamHack,
“We’re really happy to be expanding our work with DreamHack,” said Mo Fadl, Head of Publishing for Riot in the Nordics.
“We’ve been working hard with their talented team to level up the regional league for League of Legends in the Nordics in time for the Spring Split. We’ll also be drawing on DreamHack’s expertise to operate the UKLC over the course of the Spring Split.
“UKLC is a longer term project and we’re looking to roll out the new-look ecosystem for the Summer Split.”
More info on the future of the UKLC will be coming in Q1 2020.
Diabolus withdraw from the UKLC
UK esports organisation Diabolus, who picked up solid results in the UKLC this year and qualified for the EU Masters, have announced they are stepping back from UK League of Legends.
The organisation cited ‘very little organic growth’ in the UKLC and said they were going to focus on other games going forwards, including World of Warcraft.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we can no longer justify committing resources into UK League of Legends,” Diabolus said in a statement by CEO Ash Boycott and head of operations Jack Fenton.
Diabolus’ full statement can be found in the tweet below:
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