Riot Games has been operating its University League of Legends series as a competition among LoL teams based out of various universities. These include some schools that have gone as far as to offer scholarships or plans for such scholarships to potential esports competitors.
Riot has announced that it will rebrand and redevelop its college series. It will be referred to from now on as the College League of Legends series and will be run as a partnership between Battlefly and Riot.
Collegiate Star League will not be in charge of the production any further. Riot is hoping to work with CSL on other endeavors in the future.
The new season of the College League of Legends series will start January 15. It will go through much of the early part of the year and will culminate in an eight-team playoff at the League of Legends Championship Series Arena in Los Angeles. Many of the top esports school programs in the United States and Canada are expected to contend.
A New Format
The College League of Legends series will follow a new format in the coming year. This will entail the use of a Swiss format where teams that have similar records will face off against one another. This is to create a fair sense of competition and to make the tournaments more challenging.
Six rounds of competition will occur within each conference. Each match will entail a best of three setting. The 6-0 and 5-1 teams from each regional conference will advance into the postseason.
The season will last from January 15 to February 25. The playoffs will start a day later and go until April 8.
The top teams in the playoffs will qualify while others who came close will qualify to participate in the play-in series from April 9-22. The top two teams in each of the groups will get into the championship.
This all leads to an eight-team single elimination tournament that will be held from June 7-10 in Los Angeles.
Who Will Contend?
More than 500 schools around the United States and Canada will be able to compete. These include varsity teams associated with those schools plus student-run groups. Schools interested in competing can visit the new website produced by Riot to promote the event.
Maryville University is expected to contend. The school won the last title.
The event comes as more schools are offering scholarships for esports competition. More than thirty schools in the United States and Canada offer such scholarships.
A New Website
Riot has introduced a new website to highlight the College League of Legends series. This can be found online at college.lolesports.com.
Riot Games will offer scholarship money to the schools that qualify for the eight-team championship. The winning team will get $8,000 in money for each player and $4,000 for each staff member. This money will be utilized to support the production of new scholarships for esports activities.
The second place team will get $4,000 per player and $2,000 per staff member. All eight teams will earn money in some manner with the best teams getting the highest total payouts.