UPDATE (December 29th 2019): Excel Esports has announced a string of top broadcast talent will be hosting the Neosurf Cup.
This includes Belgian host Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere and three Brits: Frankie Ward, Dan ‘Foxdrop’ Wyatt and Aaron ‘Medic’ Chamberlain.
Original article (published December 12th 2019): UK-based esports organisation Excel Esports, who field a League of Legends team in the LEC, are running a new pre-season tournament.
They have teamed up with their online payment partner Neosurf as well as fellow teams Misfits Gaming and LG Direwolves to launch the competition in the UK on Sunday January 12th 2020.
The 2020 Neosurf Cup will take place at Excel Esports’ HQ at Twickenham Stadium. It will allow fans to watch Excel’s 10-man League of Legends roster in action, as they go up against Misfits in a best-of-five.
The activity will act as showmatches ahead of the upcoming spring 2020 LEC season.
LG Direwolves will also be taking part in 1v1 and 2v2 showmatches against fans and the other professional teams. There will also be meet and greet sessions with players and more.
Excel also said in a post on their website that fans will receive goodiebags and have the chance to win other exclusive items from Neosurf, Excel and more.
Excel’s upcoming 2020 jersey will also be shown off during the tournament.
Kieran Holmes-Darby, CEO of Excel Esports, said:
It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Neosurf thus far on our partnership and we know the tournament will show both our community and the broader League of Legends fanbase, what an important part of the ecosystem Neosurf are.”
Antoine Metivier, director of partnerships at Neosurf, added: “We’re really excited about bringing an event of quality with Excel Esports for the start of the New Year. Fans will now have a tournament to look forward to year-on-year where gaming pros will exhibit their skills with the new meta of the season.”
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.