In the midst of the excitement and anticipation of Worlds 2023’s Quarter-finals, one would expect all eyes to be on the gameplay inside the Summoner’s Rift. However, recent events have shifted some of the spotlight to challenges faced outside of it. T1, a prominent name when it comes to League of Legends esports, recently raised concerns about not being able to conduct proper scrims due to technical issues.
Public Outcry by the Management
This contention became public knowledge when T1 Becker, the team’s General Manager, shed light on the dilemma through a social media post. Detailing the problems they faced upon their arrival in Busan, he mentioned, “Due to internet connectivity issues for two days after reaching Busan, our team couldn’t scrim or play SoloQ properly.”
Furthermore, he revealed that, even after notifying Riot multiple times about their predicament, a proper resolution was still amiss. Becker asserted, “Despite numerous appeals, the current environment makes practicable gameplay almost impossible. We urge the organizers to provide a more conducive environment for practice.”
부산에 온 후 이틀간 인터넷 이슈로 선수단이 스크림 및 솔로랭크를 제대로 연습을 진행하지 못하고 있습니다.
수차례 요청에도 불구하고 연습이 불가능할 정도의 환경이라, 주최측에 좀 더 좋은 연습 환경을 제공해주시길 요청드립니다.
— becker (@T1Becker) October 31, 2023
Not Alone in the Struggle
While T1 might be at the epicenter of this outcry, evidence suggests that they are not the sole team grappling with such hindrances. Chovy, the formidable mid-laner from Gen.G, echoed Becker’s sentiment by sharing his post. This action by Chovy implies that Gen.G, too, might be sailing in the same troubled waters.
Eyes on Riot Games
The ball now seems to be in Riot Games‘ court. The entire League community, especially the fans of the teams heading into the Quarter-finals, eagerly await a statement or, better yet, a solution from the game developers. This could either come directly from Riot or through an update from the affected parties, reassuring that the matter has been resolved.
Challenges In and Out the Stage
The challenges that T1 and possibly other teams are facing underscore the importance of not just in-game strategies but also the backend logistics and infrastructure. It’s crucial for organizers to ensure that such technical hiccups don’t hinder the preparation of teams, especially when stakes are as high as Worlds 2023. Hopefully, Riot Games will respond promptly and ensure a smooth experience for all teams going forward.