GAMURS @ UK League Fest 2016
Multiplay is hosting their first ever League based event, League Fest, this holiday weekend in the city of Birmingham. This is one of the United Kingdom's first ever big league events to celebrate all things League of Legends in order to offer a true community experience for people to willingly take part in and get behind. With all the streams, merchandise and assorted meet-and-greets of YouTubers and pros alike, did it end up delivering in this penultimate stage?
I can say from my experience that the event does truly envision the community spirit. In my first day, there I was, able to take part in a "Riot vs. Community" event, an event which pitched Riot staff and community personnel against people in the community that the host randomly picked from the crowd itself to come up and play to win in an odd mash of picks and bans that led to screaming fun and enjoyment. It truly does encompass the whole solidarity of the community spirit, with the community team a mix-mash of different ranks, such as a platinum jungler and a silver support.
It was also a chance for the community to control and set up its own stage. Around the rims of the auditorium were a few vendors which contained Riot merchandise for sale. But the biggest of all were booths made for cosplayers to show off their works, design, and costumes, to see the inner working of what went into being a cosplayer and the amount of detail that goes into their craft. It offered a small glimpse into the minds of the individuals and allowed them space to express themselves where usually there is no room to do that at all.
Let us not forget the highlights to League's lesser known maps and game modes, with games in howling abyss a plus between the two custom made pro teams of Team Arcade and Team Project, all fighting against each other to take actual prize money at the end of it all; £5000 for second and £10000 for first.
Then, of course, there was the usual meet-and-greets, oddly spaced out into the corner away from all the action and other stalls. It seemed to be cut-off near most but still provided a chance to see their favorite pros and content creators to get a few words, get a few pictures and get to see them up close and personal.
It is, as I've been saying, though, League Fests biggest gripe. EVERYTHING was spaced out; cosplay was in one corner, merchandise was in another, the stage was in the center. I understand the need to give everything its own space, but not to the point it feels like your segregating the community into a particular space when there's so much empty space in between you could fill. It felt like sometimes it was separating the community instead of pulling it together, something I hope will be improved upon in the future.
In short, League Fest is a good start. Pushing forward, I can see more being added and improved upon as the event gets more exposure. It's definitely a good starting point, but not a finished project. I only hope to see more inclusion in the next Insomnia fests it partakes in and beyond.
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