The renewal will see Riot Games provide direct support for the League of Legends University Series, which will be entering its 10th year.
The tournament is designed to give students, no matter their skill level or experience, the opportunity to participate. Over 300 teams from 124 universities took part in the 2018/19 season.
Josh Williams, Founder and Managing Director of The NUEL discussed the renewal in a press release: “After nine years of running League of Legends activities, and five years of direct partnership with Riot Games, we are delighted to be able to extend this relationship further. Our number one priority is supporting students to build communities, make friends, and have unforgettable experiences around gaming, and we’re looking forward to working with Riot Games to keep adding more unique activities and opportunities for students to get involved in.”
Riot Games and The NUEL will continue with their ‘Realms’ series, which comprises of live events held on UK campuses. Each event focuses on a different region of the League of Legends universe, Runeterra. The events allow students to meet fellow players and win exclusive League of Legends merchandise.
Mark Cox, UK Country Manager at Riot Games added: “We’re passionate about delivering great experiences to League of Legends players throughout the UK, and partnering with The NUEL helps us do that by giving university students access to all kinds of great LoL events throughout the academic year. The League University Series is a great way for players to hone their competitive play and for the best among them to find a path to pro, and the Realms events are a superb addition that open Runeterra up to an even wider audience. We’re delighted to continue this partnership.”
Esports Insider says: It’s great to see that Riot Games is committed to continuing to support esports at the university level. Educating and providing students with the opportunities in esports is key to building the next generation of competitors.