Riot confirms LEC will be back to online play for 2021 Summer Split

The LEC will be held online again for the Summer Split due to COVID-19.

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Riot Games confirmed to Dot Esports that the 2021 LEC Summer Split will once again be held online, at least for now.

Even though bringing pro play back to the studio is “Riot’s priority,” this arrangement is due to the COVID-19 health situation affecting Germany.

“To guarantee the safety of everyone involved in creating the show (staff and teams), we are going back to online play for the Summer Split,” Maximilian Peter Schmidt, the head of esports for League of Legends in Europe and MENA, told Dot Esports. “While we do want to bring players back to the studio as soon as possible, it will depend on the advice and regulations from the local authorities.

“Bringing players back on a regular basis once it is safe and legal to do so is our priority,” Schmidt said. “Following the players will be the extended staff, then press, and finally the audience once local authorities allow large groups of people to congregate in close proximity.”

While the LCS confirmed its plans to bring teams back to the studio for week one, LEC fans will have to wait a little longer to see their favorite teams back in the LEC studio in Berlin, even though Riot managed to safely bring the players back to the studio for the 2021 LEC Spring Split playoffs just a few months ago.

The LEC will be back for the Summer Split on June 11, though the schedule for the first weekend has not been revealed yet.

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