China to Host the League of Legends World Championships 2021!
June 21, 2021
Riot Games made the announcement earlier this week.
Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, announced that the League of Legends Worlds 2021 will be held in China. There will be 5 main cities that will be hosting the event. They have announced Shanghai, Qingdao, Wuhan, and Chengdu as stops in the multi-city tour before ending at the Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen
John Needham, Global Head of Esports at Riot Games, commented: “We’ve locked in the five Chinese cities after an extremely competitive bidding process. We’re now ready to deliver on our promise to players with a multi-city tour for the biggest esports event on the planet.”
Each of the cities will host a different stage of the tournament. No more details have been released as to what city will host what stage.
Of the announced host cities, Wuhan serves as the centre of the circuit — with Qingdao as the most northern city, Shanghai to the east, Chengdu to the west, and Shenzhen to the south bordering Hong Kong.
“We are excited to announce the five host cities for the 2021 League of Legends World Championship! #Worlds2021 pic.twitter.com/N6x59LAPc7”— LoL Esports (@lolesports) June 16, 2021
China also hosted the 2020 League of Legends Worlds Championship, but due to COVID-19’s impact, a multi-city tour could not continue as planned. Instead, the entirety of the tournament took place in a closed environment at the SAIC Motor Pudong Arena in Shanghai.
Only the final stage of the tournament took place in front of a live audience.
It is not yet confirmed whether live spectators will be allowed at the Worlds 2021; However, the Universiade Sports Centre is reported to have a 60,344 person capacity.
Though the date for the final of the 2021 League of Legends World Championship has been scheduled, a start date for the event is yet to be announced by Riot.