League of Legends’ Mid-Season Invitational Has Been Cancelled | Kotaku UK
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With all of League of Legends ‘s regional competitions reaching the end of their spring seasons, the world’s top teams had been preparing for MSI, the second-biggest tournament in the game’s calendar.Riot had previously moved the competition back to try and dodge coronavirus restrictions, but have now announced that it will not go ahead in 2020.
In a message from the company’s global head of esports, John Needham, Riot announced that “we have made the difficult decision to not hold MSI in 2020.” Citing health and safety concerns for everyone from players to fans, Riot said that policies relating to travel and social distancing are unlikely to have been lifted in time for the tournament’s proposed dates in July.
Despite putting the brakes on one of the game’s only major international competitions, Riot says that it’s “totally committed” to the world championships later this year.The tenth Worlds tournament will still take place in China, and will now be bigger than ever before, with 24 teams being invited to the main tournament, up from the usual 16, with Europe and China both gaining an extra seed.Plans aren’t yet set in stone, however, and depending on the response to the virus, could still change before the end of the year.Tags: .