MLG Columbus, IEM NYC will not feature League of Legends

Neither Major League Gaming's Columbus Championship nor Intel Extreme Masters New York City will feature League of Legends.

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Major League Gaming’s "Championship Columbus" event taking place November 22-24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center not feature League of Legends. The news comes shortly after the Intel Extreme Masters announced that League of Legends would also not be played professionally at their IEM New York event, citing its proximity to Riot Games' 2013 World Championships.

This will be the first MLG circuit event to not feature Riot Games' MOBA since its appearance on the 2012 circuit in Anaheim during June of that year. The last MLG event to feature League of Legends, the Major League Gaming Spring Championships, broke records, with 4.7 million unique viewers tuning into watch the event, in addition to the StarCraft II and Call of Duty tournaments.

MLG recently announced that Dota 2 will be present at the event, featuring $50,000 and several world class teams that competed at Valve's The International 3. Along with League of Legends' non-appearance, StarCraft II will also not be in Columbus for the first time since the game was introduced on the circuit in 2011.

MLG partnered in May with Turbine for their DC Comics MOBA Infinite Crisis, most recently holding a tournament at PAX Prime. Infinite Crisis is likely to make an appearance, while Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the second mainstage game announced for MLG Columbus.

Discussion

8 comments
xzMasteRzx
xzMasteRzx

LoL has enough money and viewers to survive. Dota 2 could use some of the exposure too, so no hard feelings. Also, they said citing the proximity next LoL World's event. 

EnotHOME
EnotHOME

which games will be at iem nyc? dota2 pls

The-Turbulence
The-Turbulence

We see what happens if MLG/ESL cant get the big, Riot owned teams to events: they refuse to have League because everyone watches the big teams, almost nobody the small ones

Goosebumpage
Goosebumpage

Seems like an odd decision - especially given the viewership the last MLG got.  Regardless of proximity to worlds, the fanbase craves events like these imo.

ParaLovesAyane
ParaLovesAyane

@Goosebumpage I totally agree.  Frankly the IEM decision is more mystifying as IEM has always done LoL justice as opposed to MLG (when LCS was not in the esports scene yet)

LanceLiege
LanceLiege

@ParaLovesAyane @Goosebumpage I remember the IEM reason was simply because IEM was happening right after worlds. So really players would be too tired and would want their off season to start. So yeah IEM is more on the having no choice but to drop it for IEM NY, unlike MLG.