After the conclusion of the 2020 World Championship group draw, Riot Games announced its broadcasting approach for the upcoming event, and it seems to be without any of the English LPL broadcasters.
The Worlds games will take place in Shanghai, but the broadcast itself will be produced from different parts of the world. Right after the group drawing, it was announced that this year’s Worlds will be a multi-city production from Berlin, Los Angeles, Seoul, and of course, Shanghai.
The casting will be done by the LCS, LEC, and LCK casters combined, but it doesn’t look like any of the regions will overlap in casting. This leaves fans disappointed that they won’t be able to see their favorite cross-continent casting duos.
The Worlds Countdown, pre-shows, and between-game segments will be produced from the LEC studio. All interviews will be done remotely from Shanghai, while the Worlds Cooldown show will be produced in Los Angeles. The distribution between the regions will accommodate the different time zones in the best ways possible.
The biggest disappointment from this year’s broadcast approach is the fact that no English LPL broadcasters seem to have been invited to participate. Fans were frustrated by the decision since the LPL teams are considered some of the biggest favorites to win the tournament.
This leaves the best English speaking LPL experts on the sideline, while each of the three other major regions will be represented in the broadcast.
Appreciate the support over the year but unfortunately the @lplenglish will not be casting at #Worlds2020.
The support has been amazing this year and I will keep striving to one day make it onto the World Stage.
The casting team will be awesome as always, support them!!! pic.twitter.com/B1PZcwPo7q
— Hysterics (@HystericsCasts) September 15, 2020
It has not been disclosed why the LPL casters won’t be a part of the broadcast, but it will certainly be a hit to the whole tournament after seeing the LPL increase in popularity in the west during 2020.
Worlds will begin on September 25 with the play-in stage.