Particulars on the primary season of the Brazilian League of Legends Championship (now CBLOL as a substitute of CBLoL as a result of rebrand) as a franchise had been revealed by Riot Video games on Thursday, in a web-based press convention attended by The Esports Observer.
The competitors has been fully rebranded, in search of to reconnect with the neighborhood whereas highlighting the competitors’s modern spirit, based on Riot Video games Director of Esports Carlos “Caco” Antunes. Antunes additionally stated that this was the beginning of a brand new cycle for CBLOL, as a 10-year plan for the league begins in 2021.
Investments in infrastructure, expertise improvement (particularly by way of the newly created Academy league), and content material had been elevated in Riot’s long-term plans. This features a greater employees to work in a season with extra video games than the earlier ones as a result of variety of collaborating groups, which jumped from eight to 10 whereas switching to the franchising mannequin.
Riot additionally revealed its plans to start out the season with video games being performed remotely as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, however will return to an in-person construction for the championship occasions if attainable. Riot stated that it will likely be able to make the transition rapidly, in as little as one week.
Though the prize pool was revealed, set at a complete of $516 BRL (roughly $97Ok USD) by way of two splits within the 12 months, different funding particulars weren’t disclosed.
The sponsors for the earlier season, Purple Bull, Dell, Gillette, and Mastercard, all proceed for 2021. The novelty is Nestlé’ KitKat, which enters CBLOL in 2021 increasing its partnership with Riot Video games after signing a sponsorship to the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) in 2020.