Today’s the first day of the most exhilarating League of Legends tournament of the year – the World Championship. As fans all around the world are getting ready to bear witness of the stellar performance of their favorite teams, there are a few things that you can do in order to make this experience even more magnificent. One of these things is joining or setting up a viewing party.
Find out more about Worlds 2015
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What are viewing parties and how to find them?
Viewing parties are organized events that gather fans together in order to enjoy watching their favorite pro gamers perform. Strictly speaking, they don’t require anything else other than fans, a venue where they can gather, a screen where they can watch, and a fast internet connection so the live stream can be played with no problems. This means that you can organize your own viewing party anywhere – home, at a bar, at a restaurant, at your local café, or a movie theater. There’s also the option of joining one of the Riot-organized viewing parties that are much grander in scale. As a bonus, there might also be food, drinks, and different giveaways, though these are not required to make the experience complete (however, they do help complement it). There will be more information about this hitting the Web in the following days. Make sure that you check the social media profiles of your local venues for more information.
Some tips to set up your own viewing party
You can organize your own viewing party and invite people via social media. You can use a local venue and make it super fun. You can introduce different games and quizzes, make sure that everyone is having an awesome time even before the games begin. Here’s a few things it’s good to take into consideration if you decide to go down this road, though.
First things first – make sure that you have enough space. If you decide to do it at home, invite only your closest friends and ensure that you know the full guest list beforehand. It’s not very fun to be cramped like sardines in a can. If you’re booking an external venue, make sure that it’s big enough for all the people you’ve invited, plus more potentially coming (because usually there’s a lot more people coming these things than anticipated, so be prepared).
Next thing is ensure that the internet connection is proper. Having a Wi-Fi dongle ready in case anything goes wrong is a good idea. Also, ensure that your router is powerful enough, because you don’t want the stream lagging when everyone goes to their social media platforms through their phones in order to tell their friends how awesome your party is.
Group activities, drinks and food are always a good idea. At the end of the day, it may be all about the games, but the best viewing parties are remembered for what happens in-between. Make sure that yours is memorable.
You don’t have to do everything on your own. You can ask for help from your friends, especially when it comes down to the details. There’s always that one friend who’s a tech geek (or that might be you), and the one who knows a lot of people, and the one who knows a lot of places – use the resources you have at your disposal and ask them for help with organization. Don’t be shy.
In the end all that matters is that you have fun. Whether you organize the party or go to one that has been organized by someone else, it doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy your time with your friends and watch the games with a great company. Support your favorite team and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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About the Author: Amna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.