Riot Games has today announced the start dates of multiple European League of Legends esports tournaments for 2022, including the top-tier LEC.
The Spring 2022 LEC gets underway on January 14th 2022 and will again feature two ‘Superweeks’ with matches on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, rather than the usual Saturday and Sunday. The first Superweek takes place on the opening weekend.
The LEC Spring Playoffs start on March 25th, with the finals planned for April 9th and 10th, once again taking place in the LEC Studio in Berlin.
Accredited ERLs – including the UK/Ireland/Nordics NLC, Spanish Superliga, French LFL, DACH Prime League and Poland/Baltics Ultraliga – start on the week of January 10th 2021.
Non-Accredited ERLs begin the following weekm commencing January 17th.
Then, the Spring 2022 Amazon European Masters (EU Masters, which was sponsored by Amazon earlier this year) starts on April 4th with the play-in stage, and finishes with the grand finals on May 8th.
Riot previously announced it will not be hosting an LEC roadshow for Spring 2022 due to the global pandemic, however it promised it is “currently working on delivering an even better online viewing experience for fans watching at home”.
There was no mention of any format changes and it seems there will be no live audience at the LEC finals in April:
During the most recent season, Summer 2021, Mad Lions won the LEC, Tricked won the NLC and Karmine Corp – who recently signed Rekkles – won the EU Masters.
Riot recently announced specific details around ERLs in 2022, including rules around academy teams and the list of accredited ERLs which have offline finals.
As usual, the LEC matches will be broadcast on lolesports.com.
Check out Esports News UK soon for an interview with the new NLC organisers, Freaks 4U, about the new divisions and what to expect from the NLC in 2022.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.