Esports Journalist Travis Gafford: MSI 2020 Is Cancelled
Posted 22nd April 2020 By: Derpina    218 Views
Esports News – Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), the second biggest League of Legends tournament in the world, is reportedly cancelled this year. Esports journalist Travis Gafford confirmed the cancellation rumor on the Twitch show called Hotline League.
In a conversation with LCS analyst Mark Zimmerman and Cloud 9’s mid laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dincer, Gafford revealed that he received the confirmation of MSI’s cancellation from his sources: “I’m going to drop a rumor here, which will come as no surprise to anybody. The rumor, I’m fairly confident is that…there is no MSI.” Gafford then asked Nisqy what the cancellation means to Cloud 9 since there are currently no major tournaments leading to the League of Legends World Championship 2020.
MSI was previously postponed from May to July by Riot Games. In a report last March, John Needham, Global Head of League of Legends Esports at Riot Games, announced that the organizer decided to move the MSI to July:
“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.”
July is 2 months away from now, and a lot can happen before that time. But given the current global situation today, it seems like the organizer finally decided to cancel the MSI altogether in case the pandemic gets worse.
Although they have yet to comment about the cancellation of MSI, Riot Games is already finding it difficult to organize global events at this time. All regional leagues and ongoing tournaments are now happening online due to travel and event restrictions.
What this means to Regional Leagues
At the moment, Riot Games has no live and major tournaments going on. If there’s no MSI standing between regional leagues and Worlds 2020, it’s possible that winners and runner-ups of regional tournaments will go on limbo.
The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) already crowned its winner—Cloud 9, while League of Legends Championship Korea (LCK) is still anticipating its Summer Split Promotion and Relegation Series.