LoL Pros Raise Funds for COVID-19 Relief through Mid-Season Streamathon
The major League of Legends championships are in recess and will return to action in early June. With the Mid-Season Invitational canceled, it looked like the fans were forced to wait for more than a month to see the best teams in action. Luckily for them, the Mid-Season Streamathon is here, to provide the much-needed thrills, as well as funds for the COVID-19 relief effort. This global marathon live stream is aimed at raising money to help those hit the hardest by the global pandemic.
What is the Mid-Season Streamathon?
The event is organized by Riot Games and it consists of a multi-day, continuous broadcast that will feature some of the best League of Legends teams. Since this is a global effort, it was only natural for the teams involved to represent all the regions where the MOBA is popular. The content includes, but is not limited to, competitions between teams from major leagues and exhibition matches.
The Mid-Season Streamathon starts on Friday afternoon with the opening ceremony featuring special guests. It gains further traction with exhibition matches between Legacy Esports and the All-Stars team from the OPL region. League of Legends should know that the event has saved the best for last, as the most exciting games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. To gear up for the weekend fiesta, viewers should check out the Mid-Season Cup Group Stage involving the best Chinese and South Korean teams.
The Weekend Brings Competitive Matches
Riot Games has enlisted the support of powerful sponsors for the Mid-Season Streamathon, with the likes of Mastercard, State Farm, Red Bull and Secretlab sponsoring the event. The quality of the participating teams is just as high and they will lock horns in the EU Face-Off and Mid-Season Cup. The semifinals of both competitions are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, while the finals will take place on Sunday.
During the over 48 hours of non-stop scheduled broadcasts, League of Legends fans will get the chance to see Pro Exhibition Matches, as well as original contests between Casters and Champions. There is also an All-Star Variety show for the Russia and CIS countries, plus exhibition matches involving Japanese and South American teams. The Mid-Season Streamathon will conclude on Sunday evening with the End of Show Celebrations.
Together for the Covid-19 Relief Fund
Fans will have the chance to donate to support nonprofit organizations that diligently work to address COVID relief efforts. The Riot Games Social Impact Fund will act as a conduit for these donations and will distribute the funds to support organizations such as the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund and the ImpactAssets COVID Response Fund.
Riot Games has already donated $4.5 million COVID-19 relief efforts, to help health care professionals and medical workers in their efforts. League of Legends fans are encouraged to contribute to this cause, but whether they donate or not, they’ll enjoy unrestricted access to the streamed content. The professional and exhibition matches will be broadcasted live at watch.lolesports.com in multiple languages.