For the first time, Riot Games has invited guests to co-stream League of Legends Worlds 2022


League of Legends Community Left Divided Over Worlds 2022 Finals Co-Stream Picks

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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For the first time, Riot Games has invited guests to co-stream League of Legends Worlds.
However, the announcement was not very well received by all.

Riot Games announced a list of special guests who, for the first time ever, will be co-streaming the League of Legends World Championship to their audiences. Riot stated that it was excited to announce the guests who shall be streaming live on-site at Chase Center, San Francisco, California. Notably, these watch parties will be available when the grand final starts following the Worlds 2022 Opening Ceremony on 5th November. Notably, Riot chose five streamers in four different languages to co-stream the T1 vs DRX grand final match. However, as soon as this announcement was made, a majority of the community called out Riot Games for its choice of co-streamers. Some of the biggest names in the community joined in on the bandwagon to criticize Riot Games, particularly on its choice of the English-language streamer.

Worlds 2022 official co-streamers

Riot Games in its official press release said, “This year, we're testing out some exciting new ways for our fans to get in on the Worlds action with some of their favorite streamers and content creators. Join the following streamers on November 5 for a special World Final official Watch Party, streamed live from streaming set-ups located in Chase Center!

The co-streamers for Worlds 2022 finals are as follows:

  • Feng “Rita” Yu - Chinese

  • Sykkuno - English 

  • Sangho Lee and MinGyo Kim - Korean 

  • Ibai “Ibai” Llanos - Spanish

League of Legends personalities criticize Riot Games

League of Legends European Championship (LEC) broadcast talent, streamer, and ex-pro player Marc “Caedrel” Lamont openly talked about this move by Riot Games and called it disappointing. “As much as it’s awesome that they’re giving it to big personalities, this is a huge f***ing slap in the face to League content creators who have been grinding co-streaming all year long and are really passionate about the League esports scene. Really disappointing to see, to be honest,” he wrote on Twitter.

Likewise, pro player Erik “Treatz” Wessén wrote, “Surely the people who have been co-streaming every game for the entire year should get these types of privileges before some people on this list?

Additionally, Macaiyla, who is widely known in the community, also lambasted Riot Games. She commented, “Hiring Sykkuno is honestly super disappointing and disrespectful to the people who primarily stream league on a daily basis. I get your goal is viewership and potentiality expanding your audience but you already have Lil Nas for that. Pretty odd choices in general.

Sykkuno reacted to the outrage during his stream on 1st November where he explained how he was reached out to by Riot Games. “I didn’t know it was some kind of big deal. I guess for a lot of other people it’s a much bigger deal,” he said.

He acknowledged the issue and categorized the people into three buckets: 

  1. People who are mad at Riot Games

  2. Those who are generally mean

  3. People wanted to stream it themselves but are bad at explaining that

Sykkuno added that he’s a simple League of Legends fan and that he was doing it for free. Notably, Sykkuno is one of the content creators who has been playing the game since its early days and has a large fanbase. 

Having said that streamers and former pro players including  Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng,  Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi, William “Meteos” Hartman, and Nick "LS" De Cesare have been live commentating on the games without showing the official streams. 

Fans will witness the iconic Worlds 2022 Opening Ceremony and the clash between the titans: T1 and DRX on 5th November in the grand finals of Worlds 2022 at the Chase Center.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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