Due to travel limitations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Esports division of Riot Games has cancelled this year’s League of Legends All Star event.
“While we are pleased with the success of MSI and Worlds, after careful deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to forgo this year’s All-Star Event given COVID-19 travel constraints. This decision was not made lightly, as we know many fans and players around the world look forward to closing out the LoL Esports season at ASE.”
as said by Riot Games regarding the cancellation of 2021’s last professional event for this Esports season.
Cancellation of League of Legends All Star for ’21
Quarantine rules, specifically, were noted by Riot as a big stumbling block to the event, as participants in the All Star event would have to quarantine for a period longer than the tournament’s duration. Because the League’s All Star event is just a three day long event, a possible quarantine period would be extending longer than the competition itself.
League of Legends All Star Event was held in a virtual format last season, with the full event taking place online. Riot Games has decided to forgo the tournament’s being held completely online for the year of 2021, because the Esports division does not believe the format “captures the spirit of All Star, which is to bring professionals, influencers, and fans together to celebrate the LoL Esports season with cross-regional competition.”
Instead of attempting to play online for the second year in a row, the League’s All Star event has been cancelled for the 2021 season. The professional League season of the year 2022 shall begin from January, with the LCS in North America and the LEC in Europe both starting from January 14th.