Riot Games Announces Online All-Star Event

The annual League of Legends All-Star Event will take place online this year according to an announcement by Riot Games. While the company brought teams together for the World Championship last month, it will keep teams in their respective regions and return to the online competition structure it used throughout the pandemic thus far.

That said, Riot will endeavor to keep the spirit of international competition alive for the event. Because the All-Star matches are essentially exhibition matches between mismatched teams of pros, the publisher will have teams play across regions despite increased internet latency issues.

In addition to North America vs. Europe and China vs. Korea matches that have become common for pushing cross-region rivalry, the major leagues will also play showmatches against their closest minor region neighbors. For example, the LCS will play matches against Brazil’s CBLoL and Latin America’s LLA.

Pro player participants in the All-Star competition will be decided by fan vote. The voting process is sponsored by Alienware. Additionally, each region will bring five former pro players and five popular influencers along for various exhibition matches.

Over the last few years, Riot has secured multiple global partners such as Mastercard whose partnerships are focused on League of Legends’ three annual international events – the Mid-Season Invitational, Worlds, and All-Stars. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s MSI was canceled, but Riot was still able to deliver on Worlds and All-Stars.

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