League of Legends – World Championships venues announced

We now know where the 2021 League of Legends World Championship will be held, with Riot Games having announced... Fragster | 18. June 2021

We now know where the 2021 League of Legends World Championship will be held, with Riot Games having announced five Chinese cities this week. The game publishers named Shanghai, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chengdu and Shenzhen as hosts. The World Championship Finals will take place on November 6 at the Unversiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen.

Why China Was Chosen at the Host Region

Speaking on the announcement, Global Head of Esports at Riot Games, John Needham, stated that: “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.”

Shenzhen borders Hong Kong, while Wuhan is the most central host city. Qingdao is based in the north, Shanghai to the east and Chengdu to the west of China. Each city will host one stage of the event, with additional information to be released in the near future.

How the 2020 Worlds Were Impacted by Covid-19

Europe was the host region of the tournament in 2019, with the finals having ultimately been held in Paris. North America was originally named as the host region for 2021, however they will now take over in 2022. The 2020 Worlds, scheduled for China, were ultimately held at Shanghai’s SAIC Motor Pundong Arena, with restrictions having been high due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was only the finals that featured fans in the flesh.

With the Universiade Sports Centre having a capacity of over 60,000, Esports fans will be hoping that they are in a position to attend. However, no official announcement has been made in this area as of yet. While some will question China being named as the host region again, it is fair, given what they had to go through last year. The country has invested significantly in Esports in recent years, with Riot Games being owned by Tencent, a leading Chinese tech firm.