Riot Games Postpones Mid-Season Invitational 2020
Posted 13th March 2020 By: Derpina    66 Views
Esports News – Riot Games’ initial plans for the 2020 League of Legends competitive season have changed. Due to the recent outbreak of COVID19, the LoL Mid-Season Invitational is postponed, and all Rift Rival tournaments are canceled. MSI will now take place from July 3 to 19.
John Needham, Riot Games’ Global Head of League of Legends Esports, announced the changes. He said that Riot will implement a flexible schedule for all its international tournaments: “After discussing with our leagues and other stakeholders, we’ve made the decision to move our annual mid-year global tournament event from May to July this year. Shifting the tournament to the summer offers the best chance to see travel restrictions lifted, allowing teams from leagues around the world to travel and compete safely.”
As one of the biggest international tournaments held in the middle of the season, Mid-Season Invitational affects all regional leagues. Like the World Championships, MSI only features the top-ranking teams from participating regions. With the new schedule of MSI, the start of the Summer Splits will be affected. Here are the changes in the schedule for all regional tournaments:
Oceania Pro League (Oceania): May 15
Vietnamese Championship Series (Vietnam): May 15
League of Legends Championship Series (North America): May 16
Turkish Champions League (Turkey): May 16
LoL Champions Korea (South Korea): May 20
League of Legends European Championship (Europe): May 22
Campeonato Brasileiro League of Legends (Brazil): May 23
LoL Pro League (China): May 23
Pacific Championship Series (Southeast Asia): May 30
League of Legends Japan League (Japan): May 31
League of Legends Continental League (CIS): June 6
Liga Latinoamérica (Latin America): TBD
In other news, Rift Rivals, one of the most anticipated online LoL tournaments since 2017, has been canceled following MSI’s reschedule. Riot confirmed that the tournament is becoming exclusively focus on regional rivalries, particularly on Europe and America. While rivalries are a good thing in competitive scenes, Riot would like to focus more on tournaments at a global level.
Players and fans can expect regional tournaments to crown their representatives 2 months from now. Although a lot of events have been canceled, major tournaments still get complete coverage.