Hello there, fans of League of Legends! Riot Games has just revealed a shocking piece of information: the 2024 LCS Spring Finals will not be accompanied by a tour. Indeed, you did hear it correctly. Dissect this piece of news and find out what’s going on.
LCS: Winds of Change
The LCS is shaking things up big time in 2024. With a new commissioner, revamped schedule, and tighter budget, the league’s going through a major facelift. It’s no secret that the LCS has been facing some challenges lately, from dwindling viewership to struggles on the international stage. And let’s not forget the player walkout in 2023 and the cutbacks in its developmental league.
Riot Games: Trimming the Fat
Riot Games, the brains behind League of Legends, recently swung the axe with a massive round of layoffs. Yep, over 10% of the company’s crew got the boot, including folks from the esports division. The LCS and LEC broadcasts have felt the pinch, with production looking a lot more stripped down than before.
The Big Announcement
Now, brace yourselves for this one – Riot Games just announced that the Spring Finals won’t be hitting the road. Instead of traveling to different cities, the event’s staying put in the Los Angeles studio. Talk about a bummer!
LCS Spring Finals: Back to Basics
Carlos ‘Caco’ Antunes, the new Head of League of Legends Esports Americas, spilled the beans to fans. He said that both the LCS and LLA (Latin America League) are dialing back on roadshows this year. Antunes hinted at a Fan Fest vibe similar to the old roadshows, all happening at the Riot Games Arena.
Mixed Reactions from Fans
League fans across North America aren’t exactly doing cartwheels over this news. Some saw it coming, especially after last year’s Spring Finals had less-than-stellar attendance. Others are just bummed out that a chance to hang with friends and fellow league enthusiasts is going poof.
Following the LEC’s Lead
Guess what? The LCS isn’t alone in this roadshow cutback. The LEC, Europe’s big League of Legends circuit, is also pumping the brakes on hitting the road this year. Seems like everyone’s tightening their SLOTJARWO belts.
So, what’s the deal with the Summer Finals? Will there be a roadshow or not? Antunes teased that more info’s on the way, so stay tuned for that.
It’s a tough pill to swallow for LCS fans, no doubt. But hey, change is the name of the game, right? Let’s see how this plays out. Who knows, maybe the Spring Finals at the Riot Games Arena will bring a new vibe to the table. In the meantime, mark your calendars, keep those gaming spirits high, and let’s cheer on our favorite teams, roadshow or not!