After pulling out of China, Riot decides to base LoL World Championship in Iceland
Some countries have done a better job than others when it comes to managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Right up there as far as gold-star efforts go is Iceland. So in many ways it’s completely understandable that Riot Games has picked the European island as the site for the 2021 League of Legends World Championship.
Fans of the esports league will recall Iceland hosting the LoL Mid-Season Invitational a few months back. World Championship action was originally scheduled to take place next month in China, but Riot had logistical concerns about getting players into the country, as well as lining up technical staff.
After originally, and somewhat vaguely, announcing that “Europe” would be hosting the 2021 League of Legends World Championship, Riot made the decision to set up in Iceland.
Making it clear that COVID-19 very much remains a thing, there will be no live audiences for the competition. The action starts October 5 with play-in competition. Main event tournament play starts October 11, with the finals scheduled for November 6.
Play will take place in Hall A at the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena.
Originally plans were for the League of Legends 2021 World Championships to be spread across the cities of Shanghai, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chengdu and Shenzhen.
Last year China hosted the competition, but thanks to COVID-19 play took place offline, with Shanghai ground zero for the finals.
This won’t be the first time that the League of Legends World Championships have taken place on European soil. Madrid, Berlin, and Paris hosted the competition in 2019. At that time action took place before a live audience.
In a press release, Riot stated that information, including all of the qualified teams, the Draw Show, and the broadcast talent, will be revealed sometime in the near future. Check in at lolesports.com for more details to come.