Riot Games has a special, real-life event planned for League of Legends’ 10th birthday.
According to a note sent out by the publisher that was promptly leaked across Reddit, a number of people have been offered a trip to London for a “special celebration” to honor those who have played an important role in the game’s growth. Included in the invitation are travel and room accommodations, as well as coverage for any required transfers.
The event is scheduled for October 16, which takes place in the middle of the group stage of the 2019 League of Legends World Championship.
It is unclear who has been invited or what criteria Riot used when making the selections. It is also unknown whether the event will be broadcasted, or if it is a private affair.
While the people attending the event will likely be in for a treat for LoL’s 10th anniversary, regular players might not be so lucky.
Leading up to the leak, Riot revealed some of its in-game plans for the occasion, touching on things like the redesigned logo and an update to Teamfight Tactics. Fans were largely underwhelmed by the announcements, with many believing it did not pay proper homage to such a significant milestone.
This was especially the case with the focus on TFT. While the game is incredibly popular, it is such a recent addition to League of Legends that it is somewhat odd to even mention it when discussing the game’s decade-long history.
The leaked invitation for this gathering could indicate that Riot has bigger plans in store. There is still time left before the end of Season Nine and there is a chance that something impressive could be revealed at Worlds.
But at the end of the year, if Riot’s biggest gift to its loyal community is a summoner icon, then perhaps fans’ frustration will be justified.