EU LCS starts on Friday at 11 a.m. EST and continues on Saturday at 6 a.m. EST. The change is temporary and the normal schedule will resume after week 6.
In week 9, EU will have a changed schedule again, starting matches at 6 a.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday.
Riot is testing different days and times to get a feel for what’s best, but 6 a.m. on a weekend (or earlier, depending on time-zones) could really hurt American viewership.
Doing some experiments for viewers and viewing times! Also added bonus we can watch #EURO2016 https://t.co/OxQvjQUjHt— Trevor Henry (@RiotQuickshot) July 5, 2016
But hey, at least you'll be able to watch the France-Germany Euro semifinal Thursday!
There's a change coming in NA, too: starting in Week 7 NA LCS will be bumped up, starting at 6 p.m. EST on Friday. These changes are permanent.
This is definitely due to the fact that since NA hosts best-of-threes, the matches were going past midnight. Playing that late into the night takes a toll on players, especially when they have to be up and active the next morning for more games.
In week 5, both of the Friday night NA games went well beyond midnight PST since all the series went on to a third game.
must be a bit difficult to focus when playing LCS at midnight— Eugene Park (@Pobelter) July 2, 2016
Stay tuned for the week's full LCS schedule tomorrow!