Time to cancel your plans to watch the LCS 2021 Summer Split in the flesh

In an announcement that every American not wearing a MAGA hat should have seen coming, this year’s LCS Summer Split is going to look exactly as one might expect. That about as clear as the Mississippi on a muddy day? Well then hows this for something you should have no trouble wrapping your head around: there will be no live audiences for the LCS 2021 Summer Split.

The event will take place in the Los Angeles studio of Riot Games. But the only people who’ll be allowed into the facilities are League of Legends players and those in charge of coordinating the event.

The reason for the decision? That’s easy. To the chagrin of the red-hatted anti-maskers among us, America has made huge headway in its vaccine rollout. But there’s still very much a COVID-19 pandemic going on.

In a statement released on Twitter, Riot Games’ Travis Gafford cited the “ongoing health emergency” as the reason for the LCS decision. He added “We wanted to reach out to past attendees and let them know that we are working within local guidelines and under the direction of local health authorities to open our studio again for fans as soon as it is safe.”

Fans are well aware!

As fans are well aware, the LCS was quick to take action last year as COVID-19 began spreading across the globe. In-person play was suspended March 13, 2021, with action pivoting to remote play from the homes and team headquarters of players.

When the 2021 Mis-Season Showdown took place at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles earlier this year there were no spectators allowed.

While entirely expected for most of us, the no in-person viewing announcement for the LCS Summer Split is still a bit of a bummer. Then again, most everything is these days, and will continue to be until COVID-19 is officially a thing of the past.

There’s at least some good news on this year’s reimagined summer split. Expect to have more analysts on hand to break down the action, as well as an increased numbers of shoutcasters and flesh-and-blood teams to fill the broadcast hours each day.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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