Live streaming is at the heart of the essence of esports gaming, but Riot Games are hoping to use it in an entirely different and wholly positive way. The company has announced that it is intending to host a marathon live steam event for the League of Legends community, with the sole intention of raising funds to help maintain the efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The multi-day event will take place from Friday 29th May through to Sunday 31st May and will stretch across the globe to incorporate all the different League of Legends communities and fan bases that exist across the world.
Supported by Major Sponsors
As well as having secured the participation of a number of top players, fans and some special guests, the streamathon will also have support from a number of key League of Legends esports sponsors and partners including State Farm, Secretlab, Red Bull and Mastercard.
The intention of the streamathon is to have a total of 48 hours non-stop scheduled programming for League of Legends fans to enjoy.
MSS2020 Highlights & Schedule of the Broadcast
Although exact details of what fans can look forward to in the streamathon are still not wholly announced, there have already been a number of exciting matches revealed that fans are going to fully enjoy. This includes a content-wide battle between top teams and players that are based in Europe; in Brazil there will be a battle between influencers Yoda and Kami, while the top teams from the LPL and LCK will face off in a cracking showdown.
The action will begin at 5pm PDT with the Kick off of the streamathon, which details are a little sketchy but which promises to feature a number of special guests.
At 7pm the attention turns to Oceania, where the Legacy Esports team will take on the OPL All-Stars in what should be a fine curtain-raiser to one of the big events starting at 10pm, with the Mid Season Cup Semifinals between the top teams in the LCK and LPL (Korea and China). This will take us through to 7am on Saturday morning.
At this point the EU Face Off will begin in Europe with six hours of top-quality action, followed by the Russia & CIS All Star Variety show from 1pm until 4pm. The Mastercard Showdown will take place in Brazil between Kami and Yoda from 4pm – 7pm, followed by the Best Role in LATAM Tournament for other Latin American teams.
We then visit Japan and Turkey between 9pm and 2am before heading back to China and Korea for the Mid Season Cup Finals. There is then the Mid-Season Showdown Finals to enjoy in Southeast Asia, followed by the EU Face-Off Finals in Europe. We then have a number of pro exhibition games in North America taking us through to the two-hour finale from 6pm to 8pm.
As with all events of this nature, fans will be able to donate to a number of global organizations that are fighting the Covid-19 virus. This is in addition to the $4.5 million globally that Riot Games has donated to Covid-19 relief efforts thus far.