Automotive manufacturer Honda has sponsored Riot Games‘ LCS Scouting Grounds, rebranding it as the Honda Scouting Grounds.
The event will take place during the off-season on November 11-16th, with 20 amateur players competing at the LCS Arena.
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Honda was the first automobile brand in the United States to sponsor both an esports organisation and an esports league. It partnered with Team Liquid in January and with Riot Games’ LCS in August.
This year, the top two teams from the FACEIT Scouting Grounds Circuit – which was announced in June – will move on to compete in the Honda Scouting Grounds. Previously, players would qualify for the Scouting Grounds purely through solo queue.
Honda Scouting Grounds will see the top two players in each role from North American solo queue to join the 10 players from the FACEIT circuit. From there, they will take part in one week of professional-level training before the four teams go on to compete at the LCS Arena.
Gameplay analytics company Mobalytics has joined Honda Scouting Grounds as a partner, providing statistical profiles of all the competitors. Riot Games will work with Mobalytics to create content that highlights player performance during the event.
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Each LCS team is allowed one pick from the draft each. Their selection grants them exclusive negotiating rights with the player for 10 days, ending on November 26th. Players will not need to sign with the team that selects them during the draft.
Notable prospects from last year’s scouting initiative who were able to play games in the 2019 LCS include the likes of Aaron “FakeGod” Lee and Max “Soligo” Soong. They signed with 100 Thieves’ academy team in December 2018 and saw time on the LCS stage as part of the main roster during the 2019 season.
Esports Insider Says: Honda affirms its commitment to League of Legends on both a professional and amateur level through this Scouting Grounds activation, which is honestly great to see.
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