In an interview with the German games industry website Gameswirtschaft, Hans Christian Dürr, who joined Riot Games as the Head of Esports for the DACH / GSA region in May, revealed some new details about the vision behind the new regional tournament circuit called Premier Tour. Following the initial announcement in mid-May, The Shotcaller already gave a heads-up on what the new Premier Tour 2018 will look like.
The new Premier Tour will be the new go-to competition in the region, not replacing the already established ESL Meisterschaft but being the only competition in the region that qualifies teams for the European Masters. A regular Premier Tour split will feature four stops throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland while the first edition will only feature three stops. In his interview, Dürr confirms Berlin and Vienna as two of the stops for the 2018 edition and list Switzerland and Northern Germany, presumably Hamburg, as hot contenders for the other two stops.
Looking back, Dürr admits that Riot Games “could have done more” throughout the previous years to establish and empower a regional structure in the region. The newly introduced Premier Tour is only one of many steps to accomplish that, he continues. The focus of the Premier Tour is not to host huge events or to compete for massive prize pools but to foster local talent, tell their stories and hopefully yield new League of Legends stars that make the jump on the international stage.
Asked what he wishes to accomplish within the next few years, Dürr says he’d like a German, Austrian or Swiss team to win the European Masters.
The original interview in German language has been first released by Gameswirtschaft.