With the Spring Split finals rapidly approaching, the LEC has decided to bring back the live audience for one series.
Riot Games has published a press statement in which they explain that despite the fact that there will be a cap on the total number of attendees, they are optimistic that they will be able to create a convention that will include a live audience.
“Although we are keeping a careful eye on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are now optimistic that we will be able to provide a risk-free setting for our supporters to gather together and celebrate the conclusion of the Spring 2022 Finals in a one-time event. We are putting a cap on the number of people who can attend in order to guarantee their complete safety.”
Fans were quick to point out that they were dissatisfied that a live crowd would only be present for the championship game, and that it wouldn’t be available for the playoffs as well.
Riot claims that this decision was made for reasons related to safety. Because “safety” is still our number one priority, we are taking baby steps, one at a time, to make sure that the reintegration of our audience, whom we have missed greatly, goes as easily as it possibly can.
A lot of planning has gone into bringing fans back to the studio in a regulated manner, and the 2022 LEC Spring Season Finals is the first opportunity we have that will allow us to do this securely.
The action for the first weekend of the playoffs is currently behind us and has been completed. Both Rogue and Fnatic were victorious with a score of 3-1 over their respective opponents, Misfits Gaming and G2 Esports.
After a nail-biting match that ended 3-2, Vitality advanced to the winner’s bracket and eliminated Excel. After that, G2 will compete against Vitality, and the winner will play against Misfits. Meanwhile, Rogue and Fnatic will face off in the other semifinal match.