North American League of Legends fans are well-acquainted with the face and voice of Ovilee May, the primary interviewer of the LCS. Today, however, she released a sudden departure from the LCS broadcast team meaning she won't be appearing at the LCS Summer Split 2020.
I'm very sad to announce that I will not be a part of the LCS broadcast for Summer pic.twitter.com/rOw3HOfMPH— Ovilee May (@OvileeMay) June 7, 2020
The move hits hard for the League of Legends community. For nearly three years, Ovilee consistently provided the fanbase with insight into pro players through interviews and produced a variety of quirky and fun content for North American fans during international events.
Ovilee May brought an infectious brand of humour to her interviews. (Picture: Riot Games)
No doubt there were hopes of further content alongside this year’s MSI, but the event was cancelled amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite her exit, Ovilee was optimistic about her future prospects explaining her plans for the future in a video that was released alongside her announcement.
“I do think this is a blessing in disguise,” she said. “I’ll be able to do more content and more work within the LCS scene than I was able to while working on the LCS…. I also have a project incoming that I can’t wait to announce when it’s ready.” She spoke further of her intentions to move to the LCS Publishing Team to deliver video content throughout the split.
Ovilee’s departure follows that of former LCS broadcaster and analyst Joshua “Jatt” Leesman, who was in charge of additions such as “Jatt Stats” to the analyst desk during the pre-game shows. Over the years, Riot has lost other beloved commentators such as Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles, Erik “DoA” Lonnquist, and Martin “Deficio” Lynge.
Some of the community have speculated that she did not want to leave her role. “That definitely didn’t sound like she wanted to leave to me,” said one member of the community, with echoes back to casters such as Mitch “Krepo” Voorsoels and Adrian “Zirene” Moon who left Riot Games following personal scandals. May herself did not deny the sentiment, only expressing thanks to her well-wishers.
In Ovilee’s place, Gabriella “LeTigress” Devia-Allen steps in. She now holds the sole spot of interviewer in the NA LCS, and many have high expectations for her coming into the Summer Split. Some have expressed disapproval of LeTigress in comparison to Ovilee, while others have praised LeTigress’ in-depth and narrative-building interviewing prowess.
LeTigresds will be stepping into Ovilee's place. (Picture: Riot Games)
Only time will tell if LeTigress will be able to step fully into Ovilee’s shoes. However, for eager watchers of the LCS, Ovilee will be sorely missed for the colourful personality and insightful questions she brought to the broadcast.