LEC Will Have a Live Audience for the 2022 Spring Finals
The 2022 Spring Split of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) has been filled with spectacular showdowns and matches that would go on to be etched in the history of League of Legends esports. The season is heading to a strong finish with the playoff stage happening currently.
Following in the footsteps of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) and the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK), the European league is also opening the doors of its Berlin studio for fans to come and watch the 2022 Spring Finals live. However, only a limited number of seats are made available for the final showdown, said Riot Games.
In an official announcement, Riot wrote, “While we are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are finally confident that we can ensure a safe environment for our fans to celebrate the Spring 2022 Finals in a one-off event. In order to ensure the highest safety, we are limiting the number of attendees, and fans will be required to adhere to regulations in place at the venue, which can be found in the event information on the ticketing platform.”
An in-studio audience for finals only
Riot declared that it is still being very cautious during the process of getting back to normalcy in these trying times. Despite COVID-19 regulations easing, the company stressed the importance of maintaining the safety of all the individuals involved. It added that it was taking small and incremental steps to ensure that the reintegration of a live audience happens smoothly.
“Bringing fans back to the studio in a controlled manner has required a lot of planning and the 2022 LEC Spring Season Finals is the first opportunity we have to allow us to do this safely,” wrote Riot Games.
COVID-19 measures that are taken in the LEC studio
The two major prerequisites for attending the 2022 LEC Spring Finals are:
Wearing masks inside the studio
Maintaining social distancing within the venue
Riot Games stated that it was working with the local COVID-19 guidelines of Berlin and fans wishing to be present at the venue should also meet all the existing government regulations in place. It also gave a heads up that these regulations set by the government may change closer to the event and in such scenarios, Riot would also tweak and adapt its guidelines.
The sale of tickets will go live on 1st April at 16:00 CEST on Eventbrite at lec.gg/tickets. Riot also mentioned that the experience will be all-inclusive with snacks and soft drinks and fans can expect some activations (respecting social distancing, of course!).
For almost two years now, the LEC studio has not invited fans to watch live games because of the ongoing pandemic. This news of the LEC bringing back a limited audience in a “one-off event” comes after the announcement of Busan, South Korea hosting the Mid-Season Invitational with a live audience throughout the tournament.
Subscribe to AFK Gaming's Newsletter
Get a weekly recap of all the latest developments in the global esports industry with our esports business insights newsletter: AFK Weekly
Subscribe for free to receive insights, analysis and opinions on the biggest developments in esports business, provided by our team of experienced journalists in collaboration with thought leaders across the industry.