Posted 11th November 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The League of Legends World Championship 2018 concluded successfully with Invictus Gaming claiming the title as the first Chinese team to ever win the tournament. This counts as another milestone for Riot Games since the World Championship remains the biggest esports event of the year— both in revenue and audience reception.
Due to fans and players’ continued patronage, Riot announced that the grand tournament will continue for another three years and will take place in Europe, China, and North America respectively. The early planning was announced by Riot in a statement: “We want to ensure that our event experiences are among the best in sports. By creating more lead time for our major global event planning cycles, we will provide fans, players, teams, and partners with more time to plan ahead as well.”
The AccorHotels Arena in Paris will host the 2019 World Championship. This is the third time Europe accommodates the tournament after Berlin played host in the 2015 finals and Sweden hosted the inaugural season. Other cities within the region will entertain the other stages of the tournament, but Riot has yet to announced the details.
The World Championship once again explores the eastern part of the globe with China hosting the 2020 season. The region recently hosted the 2017 season in Beijing, witnessing the grand finals where Samsung Galaxy took the trophy from SK Telecom 1. The upcoming season will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the tournament, so it’s only natural that Riot will let China, the region with the biggest fan and player bases of the game, host it.
The exact venue for the tournament remains undisclosed. But since the Worlds 2017 was held in the Beijing National Stadium, there’s a good chance that the tournament returns in the same venue.
The World Championship heads back to its home region, North America, for the 2021 season. By that time, half a decade had passed since the region hosted the tournament in 2016. Four venues were chosen to accommodate the different stages of the Worlds last 2016, namely: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Chicago Theatre, Madison Square Garden, and Staples Center.
Since it will culminate 3 years from now, the venues and schedules for the 2021 season are still up for discussions and approvals. The All-Stars, Mid-Season Invitational, and Rift Rivals tournaments are also reported to be set in different locations.
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