Nerd Street Gamers Enters League of Legends Amateur Scene through Expanded Partnership with Riot Games for LCS Tier 1 Last Chance Qualifier, “Power Play”

by Olivia Schaller--Updated

Companies’ continued engagement aims to build community and opportunities for League of Legends players

PHILADELPHIA, March 16, 2021Nerd Street Gamers, the national esports infrastructure company, announced today it has partnered with Riot Games to operate and produce the last chance qualifier tournament within the amateur League Championship Series (LCS) ecosystem. The tournament, called the Nerd Street Power Play, will take place March 22 through March 25, and is the final opportunity for teams to earn a spot into the LCS Proving Grounds, the championship tournament that will determine North America’s best amateur League of Legends team.

Since January 2021, amateur and Academy League of Legends teams have been competing in a series of qualifiers and tournaments to earn a spot at LCS Proving Grounds. Ahead of Nerd Street’s Power Play, 14 teams will have already secured their place through success in previous tournaments, while the remaining teams will be fighting for the final two spots. For more information on the League of Legends amateur circuit, click here.

“The League of Legends community continues to be one of the strongest and most passionate groups in esports, and we’re excited at the chance to work more closely with them through this partnership,” said John Fazio, founder and CEO at Nerd Street. “Nerd Street is here to provide opportunity for all esports fans and players, and working with Riot Games on this last chance qualifier is only the beginning for our involvement and dedication to League.”

Nerd Street has also been working behind the scenes with Riot Games producing and streaming broadcasts for the LCS Academy tournaments.

“Nerd Street Gamers has been a trusted partner to Riot Games’ North American esports, from the earliest stages of our competitive VALORANT ecosystem. We’re excited to continue expanding our partnership with Nerd Street in LoL, as we continue to build out our regional ecosystem with high quality experiences for amateur, semi-pro, and pro teams,”” said Matthew Archambault, Head of Esports Partnerships at Riot Games NA & OCE.

Fans and spectators can tune in to the Nerd Street Power Play starting Monday, March 22 at 3 p.m. PT at

About Nerd Street Gamers

Nerd Street Gamers (Nerd Street) is a national network of esports facilities and events dedicated to powering competitive opportunities for gamers. The company promotes greater access to the esports industry, laying a national framework for esports talent development and high-quality gaming tournaments. Nerd Street has received backing from Five Below, Comcast Spectacor, SeventySix Capital, Elevate Ventures, angel investor George Miller, and Founders Fund.

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About the LCS

The League Championship Series (LCS) is North America’s largest professional esports league, in the world’s most-watched esport: League of Legends. Now in its ninth year, the LCS is the third-most popular major professional sports league among 18- to 34-year-olds in the United States. In 2021, the LCS kicked off with a refreshed look and tagline (“made by many”) to celebrate the fans, pros, and teams that support and inspire us to be the future of sports. Follow the LCS @LCSOfficial on Twitter, and tune into the LCS on or on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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