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LEC host Sjokz responds to “disheartening” Worlds 2020 talent comments

Published: 20/Sep/2020 16:24 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 15:31

by Daniel Cleary


Popular League of Legends host, Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere, has responded to “disheartening comments” from fans after the Worlds 2020 talent lineup was revealed.

With all of the teams for groups now locked in and the official theme song released, Worlds 2020 is fast approaching, with the Play-In stage scheduled to kick-off on September 25.

In the last few days, Riot’s talent lineup has also finally been revealed, with members from the LEC, LCS, and LCK all confirmed to be contributing to Worlds 2020’s English broadcast.

It was previously announced that Riot would be hosting a bubble system for the major international tournament and, as a result, this year’s commentators and analysts will be hosting the event remotely from Berlin and Los Angeles.

Sjokz and Yamato in LEC's Post Game Lobby show
Michal Konkol, Riot Games
Sjokz and YamatoCannon will make up part of the LEC’s talent lineup for Worlds 2020.

With this unusual layout, the LEC team will host all of the pre-game analysis and the LCS talent will wrap everything up with the Cooldown show, once the games have concluded.

However, this did not bode too well with some North American fans, as it meant veteran League of Legends host, James ‘Dash’ Patterson, would be featured in a different role than usual, with Sjokz set to appear as the broadcast’s lead host.

The decision sparked a lot of debate on Reddit, with plenty of controversial comments from fans comparing the two, but LEC host Sjokz has now responded to the bizarre backlash and revealed that the comments were “disheartening” to see.

“I‘m sure it‘ll pass, but it‘s always very disheartening to see the Dash vs me comments,” she admitted before pointing out that the pair just had different styles of hosting their region’s league.

The LEC host followed up, explaining that she always puts full effort into trying to improve and claimed that she is still “seen as not professional,” before apologizing to disappointed viewers.

Despite her comments, the efforts of Sjokz and the LEC broadcast team has led to record growth for the European league since its move to franchising, with creative segments such as the LEC rap battles being well received by their viewers in recent years.

After responding to the unusual backlash, Sjokz received tons of support from different LoL fans and personalities — with many claiming that only a select few were actually upset with Riot’s decision.

However, with Worlds getting underway soon, the popular host revealed she was still quite excited for the international event and is looking forward to putting on the “best show” with the LEC team.


Cloud9 look to tap into collegiate esports with new initiative

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:53 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 19:00

by Adam Fitch


North American organization Cloud9 have announced their collegiate initiative after partnering with Uconnect in August 2020.

A range of events and resources with their new partner will run from November in an attempt to foster the “next generation of esports talent.”

Cloud9 University is described as a celebration of collegiate esports and includes panels, a League of Legends tournament, a community Discord server and a college fair.

Sponsorship marketplace Uconnect partnered with the organization in August following an initial activation at the LCS that featured 16 collegiate esports teams.

Cloud9 Uconnect Partnership
They initially announced their collaboration in August.

The Cloud9 Panel Series will take place in November, and will be broadcasted live on the org’s Twitch channel. The two-day event aims to provide insights into the different departments of an organization, how they operate, and what other career opportunities are up for grabs in esports.

The League of Legends Intercollegiate Tournament will follow the panel in December, with more details set to be released nearer that time. The competition will be hosted on Uconnect’s platform.

Eight universities from the United States will be chosen as affiliates for the program, receiving perks such as early job and internship opportunities and access to exclusive events and resources.

The Collegiate Fireside initiative will see the eight affiliates be assigned with a Cloud9 mentor that will help them host Q&A sessions, resume workshops, and participate in panel discussions.

“Collegiate esports is thriving – we at Cloud9 recognize its potential and want to be a part of uplifting these hard working students with resources and opportunities,” said Cloud9’s CEO Jack Etienne when the partnership was first announced. “We’re excited to see this generation of esports professionals grow.”

The final aspect of Cloud9 University is a youth initiative program called Training Grounds College Fair. Affiliate institutions will be given a chance to show their esports programs to the org’s players, who are stated to have “expressed a growing interest in considering esports programs when selecting colleges.”