Greetings, League fans. Gamescom is now just over five months away and we know some of you may be wondering whether or not we will be there. We’ve had a wonderful time at gamescom over the years and would encourage anyone who loves games to consider going, but we also feel we have a responsibility to let you know as early as possible that we’ve decided to focus on other events in 2015 and so will not be attending.
We know this news will come as a disappointment to some of you, so we wanted to explain the decision a little. The main reason is that, from a community perspective, this year we want to deliver more exciting and dynamic League of Legends experiences in a broader range of locations, unbounded by the restrictions that typically come with exhibiting in massive, shared convention settings.
So what are we doing in 2015, if not gamescom? The plan is to run community events focused on things like regional and university tournaments, in addition to gatherings that celebrate and bring League of Legends players together in a more targeted, local manner. We are also excited to be hosting our World Championships in Europe this year, which means four different stages, each in a different major European city, as well as live Spring and Summer Finals events. Our goal is to help different communities across Europe, from cosplay to competitive, to have more opportunities to get together at live events in a variety of locations. We're not going to gamescom, then, but overall we believe what we do instead will result in a better experience for players all over Europe. There will be more opportunities throughout the year to attend live events and engage with the community through specifically tailored League of Legends experiences.
OK, we know some of that still sounds a bit woolly. We’d really love to give you specifics on everything right now – we are excited about what we’re planning and we know you will be too – but we’re still confirming details and don’t want to promise things before they’re set in stone. Even so, we thought it was important to let you know about gamescom immediately, because we don’t want to put anybody in a position where they book travel and accommodation in the expectation of doing League things only for us not to be there. We hope you understand and will be patient with us while we cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s that will let us clue you in on all the things we will be doing instead.
In the meantime, we’re still developing the content of the different community event formats we’re looking at, which means there’s plenty of time for you to tell us what you want, so have a think about what you’d like to see us do in other locations and let us know. We’ll be reading and taking note. Then hopefully when we do see you in 2015, it’ll be in settings and scenarios that we’ve been able to refine using your suggestions. That’s the idea anyway.
TL;DR: Riot isn’t going to gamescom this year because we believe that hosting events in a variety of different locations will give more players the opportunity to get involved with League of Legends. We can’t give you more details right now, but we wanted to give you the gamescom news immediately so you don’t end up out of pocket if your decision to attend is based around the presence of League.