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Riot Games has made the announcement that they will no longer be running Rift Rivals events for play-in regions, which include CIS, Brazil, Latin America, Japan, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Vietnam and Turkey.
A recent discovery made by Riot Games Oceania revealed that there had been a look into the correlation between the viewership and operational costs when being compared to standard league season play, and it was found that there had been a limited amount of viewers and and higher operational costs overall.
Regional Riot Games offices have revealed that nearly all Rift Rivals regional LAN tournaments have been cancelled, with the exception of just two remaining. The significance of this is that it has an effect on the play-in regions mentioned earlier, as certain circuits do not automatically qualify for the League of Legends World Championship, so needless to say it will come as difficult news for players from these regions that were hoping to use this particular route to the main event.
It should be noted that Rift Rivals events taking place between regions such as Europe, North America, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan will not be affected, and are still scheduled to go ahead.