Riot Games has signed a three-year partnership with LVP to create a new UK League of Legends competition.
Called Forge of Champions, the new tournament structure will offer a £50,000 prize pool and two spots at the European Masters.
The competition will feature eight professional teams, and sixty-four spots will be available for open sign-ups. Registrations for the competition will open on June 5, with the Preliminary Tournament beginning on June 22. Teams wishing to participate can sign up at the Forge of Champions website.
LVP is best known for operating tournaments in Spain, such as the League of Legends Superliga, but will set up a dedicated UK-based studio from which to host the Forge of Champions.
Mo Fadl, Head of UK Esports for Riot Games, commented on the partnership:
“When we set up the UK office we had a clear vision in mind; to create the highest level of competition and a source of entertainment for every gamer in the UK, and we needed a partner who could help us realise this vision. LVP has a brilliant reputation amongst teams and the community in Spain and we want to bring that success to the UK. They have been a vital partner for developing Forge of Champions. Naturally, we see this as just that start of our vision for the UK. We know that to build something meaningful will take time and work and we want the players and the community to continue working with us so we can improve.”
Forge of Champions is the first stage of a three-year initiative to promote UK League of Legends, and was developed with feedback and insight from professional UK League of Legends teams, including Diablous and excel Esports.
Riot Games has yet to reveal what else is in store from this partnership after the upcoming Forge of Champions competition.