Riot Games is actively promoting League of Legends across all continents and has high expectations for 2018. The videogame developer is trying to bring its own tournaments into the spotlight, but supports other organizations promoting their game. Apparently, they decided against bringing back League Fest after one year of absence. The first edition took place in 2016 and it was a major success, with players from all over the United Kingdom participating. The Insomnia58 hall at the Birmingham NEC was the place where action unfolded and the tournament had a guaranteed prize pool of 15,000 GBP.
Disgruntled Riot Games Scraps League Fest
There were a couple of reasons for why the otherwise popular League Fest event won’t be returning in 2018. Technical issues plagued the first event and the videogame developer was unwilling to take the time to address all of them. The Insomnia Hall was pretty good for accommodating lots of people, but it failed to create the best setting for high profile tournament. Multiplay Events was in charge of properly organizing the event and unfortunately it didn’t rise to the occasion.
The selling of counterfeit merchandise was also heavily criticized by Riot, who was hoping to promote its own League of Legends product. Somehow third-party vendors were able to smuggle in counterfeit items and sell them inside the expo hall. In conjunction with the communication issues that made it difficult for attendees to find their way around, this frustrated the game developer. With so many prominent competitions scheduled already for 2018, they simply lack the willingness to fix all these problems.