Technical Issues Plague VCT EMEA Playoffs, Fans Express Frustration towards Riot Games

After the third day of playoff stage matches was postponed owing to a technical issue that caused the competition’s start to be delayed for more than two hours, irate fans turned on Riot Games and the VCT EMEA league. The VCT EMEA league experienced technical difficulties on May 25, which resulted in a significant delay in matches for intrepid fans. After being delayed for more than two hours, the first game of the day—a playoff series between Team Vitality and FUT Esports with significant ramifications for international tournament qualification—began.

The game was supposed to begin at 11 a.m. EST but began around 1:20 p.m. NAVI and Giants Gaming will play in another series when the first one is through. “Technical difficulties we’re having have significantly delayed today’s show. The team is trying to devise a solution as soon as possible so that you can watch today’s VCT EMEA contests. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused to our supporters, the league said in a statement.

Fans expressed their annoyance about the delay and reacted to the VCT EMEA statement on Twitter

The crowd criticizes Riot Games and the VCT EMEA league for the match’s delay. Technical difficulties have occasionally plagued European league viewers this season and during the playoff phase.

It’s absurd that this keeps happening in EMEA, but there are only half as many in the Americas. Difficult to maintain attention when games are postponed so frequently; for example, last night, LOUD won their series before Team Liquid finished playing NAVI on Twitter. In their playoff match on May 24, Team Liquid and NAVI had a minor technical difficulty to contend with.

If there isn’t a significant tech problem, is it even an EMEA matchup? One more statement. Riot Games apologized for the delay after the game began and explained the VCT EMEA local servers being down just before the series started. The day’s playoff games will be played online but at the VCT EMEA studio as a workaround. Wherever you are in the world, we hope you enjoy today’s activity. And we apologize once more for any inconvenience we may have caused.

After the delay, Daniel Ringland, the director of Valorant esports in EMEA, apologized to the audience after the delay. “Let’s be honest; this has disappointed everyone on the team. This was unacceptable, especially during playoff week, Ringland added.

Which teams VCT EMEA will send to Masters Tokyo and Valorant Champions 2023, as well as which sections will have to wait for the Last Chance Qualifier to compete internationally, will be determined by the results of today’s two matches.

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