Riot has released new details about its upcoming set of League of Legends Amateur and Academy tournaments. These tournaments include three separate circuits for Amateur teams, the Academy Regular season and Proving grounds events running from May through September.
League of Legends Academy
League of Legends Academy will be run by Nerd Street Gamers, who are tournament organizers that have a large network of esports and gaming centers, allowing brands to target any specific location within their network. Nerd Street has worked with Riot before to produce several events in the inaugural year of the VALORANT Championship Series and produced the last chance qualifier for last year’s Proving Grounds. They are now producing the entire Academy season, which will take place from June 2 to September 19.
Amateur Circuit Events
There are three primary Amateur Circuits that Riot plans to collaborate with: Challenger’s Uprising, Risen Esports, and Helix Esports. These events will run one after the other from the end of May, all the way to the end of July.
Challenger’s Uprising Season 3
Dates: May 24, 25, 31, June 1, 7, 8
Prize Pool: $5000
You can find out more information on the tournament by accessing the Challenger’s uprising website
Risen Champions League
Dates: June 21, 22, 28, 29 July 5, 6
Prize Pool: TBD
Risen has been active in the Amateur scene since 2017 and continues to host tournaments to promote the competitive League of Legends scene. Find more information here
Summer Showdown presented by EGL and Helix
Dates: July 12, 13,19, 20, 26, 27
Prize Pool: TBD
EGL and Helix combine both Tournament organizer and esports location in order to run the best amateur tournaments possible. Check here to find out more!
Proving grounds will have two different production companies for the qualifier and te finals: UEA and Nerd Street Gamers. UEA are best known for their work in Collegiate League of Legends and for working on the 2021 Spring Proving Grounds tournament. Nerd Street Gamers are also producing the Academy season for this year and have a great track record of working with Riot before.
Unified Grand Prix: Summer 2021 LCS Proving Grounds Qualifier
Dates: August 9-12, 16-19
Dates: September 2-5, 9-12, 14-19