Riot Games has reintroduced League Pro View for the 2020 League of Legends European Championship (LEC) and Championship Series (LCS) Spring Splits with new features and a lower price tag, making it easily accessible for LoL esports fans who are looking for a more customizable experience.
The official LCS Twitter page made a post on Saturday, January 25, unveiling the return of Pro View for the 2020 season. The cost of Pro View for either LEC or LCS has been reduced from US $15.99 to $9.99, while the All-Access pass, which includes both leagues, has seen its price drop from $19.99 to $12.99.
The Pro View was first introduced in May 2019 as a way to enhance the esports viewing experience while watching the top-tier European and North American LoL leagues. With Pro View, the viewers get a chance to watch LoL games from a point-of-view (POV) perspective, meaning they can follow the actions of individual players instead of tuning into an official stream where they get no control over what part of the map will be shown.
While watching the game from the POV perspective, the viewers also get to see the in-game chat, keystrokes and all individual clicks made by the players they follow, making the viewing experience far more exciting for those who wish to see their favourite LoL pro in action.
Since its launch, Riot Games has added some new features to Pro View in a bid to further enhance the viewing experience.
The Advanced Timeline marks all kills, objectives and other big moments on the video timeline, allowing the viewers to hover over it for a quick recap of the event and the ability to re-watch plays with a simple click of a button.
The multiview function introduces a customizable split-screen system where you can watch up to four streams at the same time, so you don’t miss out on any action that is happening on the Summoner’s Rift.
Map Stream mode makes it so the viewer can see the Summoner’s Rift in its entirety, allowing the viewers to keep track of all the action that is happening across the entire map in real-time.
Perhaps the most exciting upgrade for those who are into facts and figures is the improved stats and highlights feature, which tracks player stats such as damage dealt, wards placed, kills, KPAR, CS and more.
The 2020 LEC and LCS seasons are in full swing with the top European and North American LoL teams already finishing their Week 1 ventures.
On the other side of the world, Week 2 of the LoL Pro League (LPL) was set to start on Wednesday, February 5 but has been postponed for an undisclosed time due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The coronavirus has already had an indirect impact on the LoL esports scene with EDward Gaming’s coach, Ming “Clearlove” Kai, announcing he won’t be able to return to LPL by the start of February, as he is currently in Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak.
The LoL Champions Korea (LCK) 2020 Spring Split is also scheduled to resume on February 5, but the spread of the virus across the Asian region could that tournament delayed as well.
The Pro View feature is only available for LEC and LCS at the time of writing, with no announcements from Riot Games which would indicate Pro View will find its way into LCK or LPL anytime soon. Both international tournaments – Mid-Season Invitational and LoL World Championship – had the Pro View feature last year, so it is reasonable to expect it to return for 2020.