Riot is bringing back the League of Legends Midseason Invitational for 2021 – with players able to complete in-person. After canceling last year’s MSI due to COVID-19, the occasion is back to test the present leading groups’ guts in the LoL Esports scene. In 2015 saw a myriad of problems for the eSports industry as the infection affected travel plans and occasion timing across the board, and League was no various.

In spite of Riot canceling MSI 2020, its annual World Champion occasion, colloquially known as “Worlds,” still took place in Shanghai, China. Constraints were set to avoid the spread of coronavirus to any player or staff. The restrictions included producing a bubble for those involved in the occasion, sanitizing spaces used, and limiting using places that each of the phases would happen in. Fans were not enabled to attend the event in any regard, and this constraint was extended even to the families of the players.

In a main statement from LoL Esports’ site and Twitter account, MSI is validated to be making its return in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena from May 6 through May 22. In lieu of the traditional “Play-In” stage of the invitational, all 12 certified teams will play in best-of-one, double round-robin rounds in three groups of four groups. The very first and second-place winners of each group will then face each other in a best-of-one double round-robin play, dubbed the “Rumble” phase. Later, the second stage’s best four teams will deal with each other in single-elimination, best-of-five matches. This last will also include the semi-finals and finals. Names of qualified teams and a broadcast schedule will be provided at a later date.

While other sports have actually suffered from Covid-19 interrupting their season in 2015, eSports is unique in the truth that numerous tournaments and events can happen online rather than in-person. This advantage over conventional sports has brought much more popularity to competitive games like League. As such, the medium is beginning to become normalized in sports bars, appearing along with the likes of NBA and NFL games.

With Valorant increasing progressively in appeal and League holding its position in the eSports neighborhood, Riot is poised and prepared for 2021 to be a record year, regardless of the shadow of COVID-19 prowling overhead. That is if it can make back the goodwill of its players after the debates in 2020. However, the company has currently shown that it wants to alter its culture by announcing a ladies’s- only Valorant tournament to display female gamers and streamers. How Riot continues that trend is what financiers and fans will need to wait and see.

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Source: LoL Esports, LoL Esports/Twitter.

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