The ESL and RIOT are launching a UK League of Legends tournament program to grow their community in the UK.
The ESL are to provide a “competitive platform for the amateur and enthusiast” of League of Legends through a series of “scalable cups”. The program will kick off with the “Summer Bronze & Silver UK Open” which will be the start of a series of tournaments in 2014.
“The League of Legends amateur community within the United Kingdom has always been strong, but has very rarely transitioned into organized, prize driven competition. Daunting skill divides are the main reason behind this, and we’re hoping that these skill orientated competitions will help to bridge the divide.” Explains Peter Mather, Community Manager for ESL UK. “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.”
“We are thrilled to be launching our tournament program in the UK!” says 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.”
The first competition will be capped at eight teams with 30,000 RIOT points up for grabs for any team that place within the top four.
Interested parties can register from this evening starting at 20:00 BST. If you’re an amateur wanting to improve your skills, these tournaments could an ideal way to break into the world of competitive League of Legends.