ESL and Riot Games launch League of Legends e-sports push in UK - PC Retail

ESL and Riot Games launch League of Legends e-sports push in UK

The e-sports organisation and game developer will host a series of e-sports competitions in the UK this summer
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The UK division of the ESL has partnered with Riot Games to create a UK competitive platform for the League of Legends community.

The independent e-sports organisation and the publisher and developer of League of Legends will host a series of scalable cups designed to encourage lower skilled teams to develop and hone their e-sports skills.

Starting with the ‘Summer Bronze and Silver UK Open’, the planned activities will see a variety of competitions and tournaments rolled out throughout 2014, targeted at amateur and enthusiast e-sports teams within the UK.

“The League of Legends amateur community within the United Kingdom has always been strong, but has very rarely transitioned into organised, prize-driven competition,” said Peter Mather, community manager for ESL UK.

“Daunting skill divides are the main reason behind this, and we’re hoping that these skill orientated competitions will help to bridge the divide.

“We’re planning to launch our first competition, aimed at the lower skill brackets, in early June, and will continue to grow and expand our activities alongside community interest.”

The first competition is capped at eight teams, and will offer 30,000 in-game Riot Points to teams that place within the top four.

“We are thrilled to be launching our tournament program in the UK,” commented Pete McKay, UK community manager at Riot Games.

“We want to create multiple ways for our players to enjoy and interact with League of Legends.

“We understand that competitive play might not seem an option for many players, which is why we wanted to create our own range of tailored tournaments to encourage all levels of competitive play.”

Teams wishing to take part in the competition series can register from 8pm on June 11th 2014.

Further details such as tournament schedule and format are to be released over the course of the following week.

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