L.A.'s Greek Theatre to Host 'League of Legends' Esports Event

The Greek Theatre - Getty - H 2020
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Riot Games' virtual heavy metal band Pentakill will perform at the mid-season showdown on April 11.

The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles will host an esports event this weekend.

The Mid-Season Showdown finals of the League Championship Series (LCS) - North America's League of Legends team from Riot Games — begins April 10.

Three finalist teams will compete, with the winner going onto compete at the mid-season invitational in Reykjavik, Iceland, later this year.

For the opening ceremony at the Greek on April 11, Riot Games' virtual heavy metal band Pentakill will perform a preview of their newest song.

"Since The Greek opened our outdoor amphitheater in 1930, we’ve alternately been home to operas, stage shows, podcast recordings, films, and even barracks during wartime," said Becky Colwell, general manager of the Greek Theatre, in a statement.

"Now, as we emerge from 2020, the world is once again changed. All entertainment, in some respects, is digital entertainment, and esports has become a new means of bringing together the physical and the digital. We cannot think of a better curtain-raiser for this latest chapter in The Greek's history than esports and the LCS."

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the finals event will not have an audience and will take place following all safety procedures including testing before arrival and social separation on site.

The event will be live-streamed on Twitch and YouTube, as well as the League of Legends site.