[UPDATED 9/26] Riot Games Adjusts Pick’Ems Webpage, Says Previous Layout Was Unintentional
UPDATE 9/26: Riot Games has changed the layout of the Pick’Ems page on the LoL Esports website for the 2021 World Championship. In addition, a statement from the digital director was posted in a Tweet from the LoL Esports Twitter account, stating that the previous layout with the language on the phase of play was posted in error and that the Pick’Ems were slated for the 2021 Worlds before the late pivot in China’s host region to Iceland forced his withdrawal.
Riot Games has confirmed that the 2021 Pick’Ems League of Legends World Championship, which allows fans to set their predictions on how the entire tournament will unfold, will not include teams in the play-in round. .
In what can only be described as an attempted joke, Riot Games said that “play-ins are taking place and we are not supporting this fiesta”. to an overwhelmingly negative reaction from the community as a whole as well as from key figures on the scene.
The language has since been changed in the wake of community backlash, in which Riot Games came under fire for language that implies minor region teams are not worth trying to predict at best due to a lower skill level and, at worst, language that invalidates the minor region. teams as a whole.
Critics of Riot Games’ language around excluding Play-ins from Pick’Ems far outweigh the exclusion itself. Riot has never explained before why the Play-ins were excluded from Pick’Ems.
Perhaps no Tweet sums up the reason for Riot Games’ anger than that of jungler Pentanet.GG Jackson “Pabu” Pavone.
Despite zero financial support from Riot Games, the League of Legends Championship Oceania managed to send a representative to the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational at Pentanet.GG who exceeded expectations.
This was punctuated by a PGG victory over NA rep Cloud9, which mathematically knocked out the League Championship Series champion from the 2021 MSI playoff stage.
Play-ins were first introduced as part of the international format of League of Legends esports to allow teams from generic regions to properly test their mettle against top teams from other regions, as well as to empower those teams the opportunity to represent their regions. on the biggest international stage. Riot Games almost certainly didn’t do any harm with their wit attempt, but the criticism was warranted, and the language change on the website is one indication of that.