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Riot responds to LoL fan outrage over Worlds tickets

Published: 16/Sep/2019 21:13 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 0:44

by Alan Bernal


League of Legends fans who queued up early for tickets to the 2019 Worlds Championship Finals were shocked when the venue sold out before the window to buy went live.

Riot Games are gearing up for the culmination of the 2019 season with a Worlds event spanning three different countries.

The Championship was bound to generate loads of hype, but elation quickly turned to frustration as fans were denied a chance to purchase a ticket.

Riot GamesThe Worlds Finals have always been a treat to watch, but the botched ticket sale will prevent a lot of determined fans to skip out on attending.

Problems with scalpers and bots gave way to the problem, while it seems like someone also posted the incorrect time for tickets to actually go on sale. This resulted in a lot of people missing out on a fair opportunity to go to Worlds.

Fans quickly realized a ton of tickets had already been claimed, but salt was applied to the wound when they found third-party vendors reselling them at incredible markups.

ViagogoTickets started from ~$44-88 USD, but have risen significantly on the resell market.

“Basically on the AccorHotel site the tickets went on sale at 4pm,” one fan said. “But on Ticketmaster they were already up at 2pm, I entered the queue to buy tickets at 3:48 on Accor I was told I have to wait 10 minutes and at 4:22 I’m still in the queue for completely sold out tickets…”

Riot Games Global Esports Communication staff Anton ‘JokrCantSpell’ Ferraro replied to the thread saying “the earlier sale represented only a small portion of the total available tickets. It was meant for our partners who this year had to secure tickets through the ticket portal.”

Riot GamesThe Worlds Championship got hit by yet another ticket fiasco.

Though it was his closing thought that left people even more confused: “The vast majority of tickets went on sale at the designated time.”

Worlds Finals tickets to the general public were supposed to go out at 16:00 CET / 7:00 PST / 10:00 EST, but they had reportedly been released at 16:00 CSET / 6:00 PST / 9:00 EST which was a whole hour before the advertised release.

This meant that people who planned out their days to arrive just in time for the ticket launch, had actually already missed it due to the error.

While the Worlds competition will feature the best League of Legends teams around, it seems like fans will have to pay ludicrous resell values to attend the Finals in Madrid on November 10, 2019.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

Riot Games
FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.