In preparation for the 2017 season, Riot Games has announced that they will be holding a scouting tournament to invite top-ranked players into professional League of Legends. Come October, Riot will begin sending out emails that are connected to League of Legends accounts that are the highest ranked on the North American ladder. These emails will contain a survey they will be utilized to determine the players most eligible and deserving to perform in front of the biggest names in League. When October 31st rolls around, Riot plans to carefully select four players for each of the five team roles that will later be invited to the LCS Studio in Los Angeles, California to bootcamp with professional teams in the North American scene, such as Team Liquid and Echo Fox. All expenses will be covered by Riot, including meals and transportation. Those interested in participating in the program must meet the following requirements that Riot has outlined below: • You must respond to the survey when it’s sent out in October. • You must be 16 years of age by the start of the Challenger Series 2017 spring split. • You’re very interested in playing LoL professionally. • You have not played in more than 2 professional LoL matches in any league. • You cannot be under contract by any professional team including Challenger teams at the time invites go out. • You’re a North American resident as determined by the Interregional Movement Policy. • You can pass a player behavior check, similar to what Challenger and LCS players must pass. This check includes a review of in-game behavior, Terms of Service violations, and looks at previous bans or suspensions. Once in California, selected pro teams will help players adapt to the professional environment and enhance their gameplay, including developing top-tier strategies and learning to properly communicate with teammates. As bootcamping comes to an end, the selected players will compete against one another in a series of round-robin games to, essentially, showcase their recently honed skills in front of both LCS and CS teams in the hopes that they will receive invitations to join their organizations; VODs of the matches will later be released so international teams can gather information on each individual player. However, Riot stressed that they cannot guarantee that any participants in the scouting program will see offers from organizations, and that this is merely an opportunity for League of Legends players to put their talents on display. “Organizations are all participating in the event because they’re looking for the best talent NA has to offer,” Riot explained in their announcement, “As a participant, you will have an opportunity to talk with the different teams and show them what you bring to the table.” For more information, such as scouting in other regions and eligibility for formerly banned or suspended players, you can read Riot’s full FAQ here.