Welcome to the Streamathon

Riot Games announces streaming event to raise funds against Coronavirus

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Streamathon

Does the name remind you of something? Image credit: Riot Games

The summer split is still some weeks away, but next weekend, Riot is shining the spotlight on the biggest streamers in every region.

Welcome to the Streamathon

In an announcement on their website and social media, the company behind League of Legends has announced a “global streaming marathon” to rally the community together and raise funds for COVID-19 relief. The “Mid-Season Streamathon” will take place between May 29 and May 31,

The event will kick off at 5 PM PDT (2 AM CEST) on Friday, May 29, and will be supported by Riot and many of its esports partners like Mastercard and Red Bull. According to the organizer, the broadcast will take place over 48 hours non-stop with scheduled streams from around the world. It will feature clashes between the best teams in China’s LPL and South Korea’s LCK leagues, as well as games between professional European teams and even influencer battles. All regional leagues except the Vietnam Championship Series and Pacific Championship series will be presented in the stream.

mss lineup

It’s going to be a busy weekend. Image credit: Riot Games

Echoes of MSI and All-Stars

The name of the event evokes the Mid-Season Invitational, League of Legends’ second-biggest tournament of the year that traditionally takes place between the two seasons of professional play. This year, however, the event was first delayed and then canceled because of public health concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The format itself, however, is much closer to another event in the League of Legends calendar - the All-Star event which normally takes place in December and features more fan-favorites and fun game modes.

Fans will be able to donate during the stream, with any donations managed by Riot’s Socal Impact Funds and going to a series of non-profit organizations around the world.

If you want to watch the stream, it will be available at watch.lolesports.com and will likely be featured on Riot’s YouTube and Twitch channels. Meanwhile, do not forget to stay up to date with our League news!

Boyan Penev

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