Riot has officially announced the cancellation of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2020, confirming rumors that have circulated in the past few days. MSI was initially postponed back in February then rescheduled to 3-19 July, but because of the uncertainties the world is facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic , Riot saw it fit to cancel the international event. According to Riot Games Global Head of Esports John Needham, the difficult decision was made after considering the risks and input from proper authorities and stakeholders.
“Based on the modeling of our external risk advisors, however, it appears highly unlikely that either the global spread/impact of COVID-19 or the restrictive travel and public gathering policies responding to the crisis will abate significantly by the time of MSI’s current planned dates (July 3-19). With this model plus input from health authorities, local governments, regional leagues and teams, travel experts, and other stakeholders, we have made the difficult decision to not hold MSI in 2020. We also are working with other teams throughout the Riot organization to evaluate alternative events and activities,” Needham announced.
However, Riot’s regional leagues will continue to operate and will no longer be disrupted by the MSI in July. Furthermore, the cancellation has also allowed the company to focus on planning for Worlds 2020 – the esport’s 10–year anniversary celebration. Riot will share more information about Worlds 2020, including the pool placements for all seeds, as the event nears.