Riot Games Has Announced Brand New Dutch And Belgian Leagues For League Of Legends

Riot Games Has Announced Brand New Dutch And Belgian Leagues For League Of Legends
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Competitive play just got better in the Benelux region.

Riot Games announced a partnership with the Belgian Agency 4Entertainment to evolve the Benelux ERL and further level up League of Legends esports in the region.

New twitter for the regions have appeared, where players can address all their questions and apply for a spot within the League. While Benelux will continue to be considered a region, it will now feature two separate leagues due to its player bases, the Dutch and Belgian league. This addition will give emerging pro players two more opportunities to qualify for the European Masters Tournament.

Both leagues will initially have six teams for the inaugural 2020 season, with plans to expand the number of teams down the road. Players from Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg can apply to any of these two regions.

In addition to these brand two new Leagues, Riot Games will introduce an ‘Open Tour,’ which is a series of connected tournaments which will serve as a platform for up and coming teams and players aspiring to be pro to prove themselves. More information regarding this will be given in the upcoming year.

‘We hope that fans will enjoy our revamped approach to the region, which will feature tailor-made content for local audiences, with the Dutch League broadcast in Dutch, and the Belgian League broadcast in Flemish and French,’ said the Head of Esports for France and Benelux region.

The format will be:

  1. a) 2x Best-of-one regular season, 7,500 EURO prize pool per split,
  2. b) Four team playoffs leading to European Masters qualifiers,
  3. c) A big National Finals event once a year to crown the champions, 10,000 EURO prize pool per event.

The current Benelux Premier League (BPL) will no longer exist, as these two new leagues will be its replacement. Information on how to apply if you are within one of those qualifying regions will be released soon by the Belgian Agency 4Entertainment.

‘We would like to take this opportunity to give our sincere thanks to the operators of the BPL, GamersFirst, for everything they’ve done to bring esports in the Benelux to the next level, and look forward to continuing to collaborate on new opportunities,’ added the Head of Esports for France and Benelux Region.

Fans are delighted to see some of the minor regions being supported. This support will allow emerging talents to have an opportunity to show themselves to their nation, and possibly to the entire European scene as well.

Hopefully, more Leagues will come shortly, as this allows coaches and analysts to scout for emerging talents much more efficiently, and also give the viewer more opportunities to support the scene.