Riot Games announced that League of Legends (LoL) Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) and Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Stage 2 Masters, two of its biggest esports events of 2021, will take place back to back this May in Reykjavík, Iceland. The company has also expanded its partnership with Verizon as the official 5G partner, supporting both LoL Esports Global Events and Valorant Esports as the official 5G Wireless and Network Service Partner.
MSI was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 but makes a return in 2021 to kick off the competition between the top 12 teams from the regional leagues on 6 May, with the finals happening on 23 May. The VCT Masters Reykjavík begins right after that on 24 May and will have its finals take place on 30 May. It will be the first Valorant esports event to feature live international competition. Said VCT Masters will assemble the top 10 teams around the globe to do battle for a spot at the Valorant Champions later this year.
Both events will take place in Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena as Riot Games brings esports competitions from these two titles to Iceland for the first time. In addition to both of these events, Verizon’s multi-year agreement as the Official 5G Partner also extends to the biggest global events of the LoL Esports and Valorant competition calendar.
“We are thrilled to showcase high-level Riot esports competition to a country as stunning and unique as Iceland, underscoring that passion for our esports can be found in every corner of the globe,” said John Needham, Riot Games Global Head of Esports.
“Expanding our partnership with Riot esports allows us to build on the success of the past year and continue expanding the opportunities to leverage the power of 5G Ultra Wideband for player and fan experiences across both LoL and Valorant,” said Yvette Martinez-Rea, Verizon Vice President, Sponsorships and Partnerships. “We’re also very proud to put our support behind VCT Game Changers to provide more opportunities for female players at all levels.”
“We were thrilled to have Verizon on board as a partner for the LCS and Wild Rift last year, so to expand on that relationship across the biggest esports events in the world with both LoL and VCT is meaningful validation of what we are creating here at Riot esports,” said Naz Aletaha, Riot Games Head of Global Esports Partnerships and Business Development. “Our aspiration to consistently deliver unforgettable experiences and initiatives for fans is a passion we’re proud to share with Verizon, and we look forward to leveraging their expertise and best-in-class technology across our sports.”
Teams from both sports will be quarantined upon arrival in Iceland. For the health and safety of the players, staff, and local residents, the events will be unable to accommodate a live audience. However, all MSI and VCT Masters Stage 2 matches will be broadcast LIVE globally across various digital platforms. For more info and to stay up to date on the upcoming MSI and the VCT respectively, LoL fans can follow @lolesports on Twitter and visit lolesports.com while Valorant fans can follow @valorantesports on Twitter and visit playvalorant.com.