Riot Games has officially announced the expansion of its League of Legends European Championship (LEC) to include esports teams and esports players from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Turkey.
The changes are expected to take place in 2023.
Riot commented on the LoL EMEA official website by saying that the format is a “pilot program as LoL Esports considers broader changes to the competitive calendar and season structure in 2024.”
“We want EMEA to be a region that brings fans together across multiple continents, competing for regional pride and international success,” Riot’s website says.
“With this change, we’re creating pathways for players to reach the pinnacle of League of Legends esports in the region and opportunities to unite fans across EMEA to cheer for the teams they love.