League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), the North American premier competition will have a different broadcasting format in 2020. While it might help bring in more viewers in the region, it will certainly be bad for European fans.
LCS will kick off on 25 January 2020 which should give the players enough time to get used to the meta dictated by pre-season as well as the new champion, Sett's impact. This is all good news for the North American teams and their fans but the meta isn't the only thing that's changing.
Riot Games decided to introduce Monday Night League which will be a show that happens at the start of every week like the name suggests. Normally, it wouldn't be a big deal but this particular day will also feature two LCS matches that are considered to be the pre-eminent ones. In other words, the best games will be played on Mondays.
While this wouldn't be an issue for European viewers regularly, the matches will actually start on 5:30 PM PT which translates to 1:30 AM GMT. Considering this is not the weekend but rather the start of the workweek, this change will effectively prevent a large portion of European viewers from enjoying the games live.
However, there are both highlight and full match VoDs that pop up just after a game concludes which should prove to be a good bit of entertainment for the European fans, should they succeed in avoiding spoilers.
In case you are still wondering why the change had to be made, it is possible Riot Games are trying to promote academy match broadcasts as well since they will also be attached to the Monday Night League.
Besides the broadcasting changes, the region will change the way how the teams qualify for World Championship. The top three teams will now be chosen from the Summer Split playoffs instead of Championship Point accumulation. Furthermore, the playoffs will change the format to semi-double elimination. You can check the diagram on the official announcement page .