According to reports from Upcomer, the 2021 World Championship might not be held in China, but rather move to Europe. How and why has Riot made this decision, though? We take a closer look.
The 2021 World Championship is set to start off at the end of September and the beginning of October. The plan was to have a multi-city tour that spanned Wuhan, Chengdu, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzen, yet according to some rumors, this might not happen.
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Update: August 24, 3PM
LoL Worlds 2021 Will Be Held in Europe
It has now been confirmed by the LoL Esports Twitter account and a video from John Needham, that Worlds 2021 will be held in Europe, and not China. They have not announced where exactly Worlds 2021 will be held, but said that the key factor when choosing a location was how reachable it was for all teams around the world. If you want to watch the video, you can do so here.
Why Was Worlds 2021 Moved to Europe?
According to sources, Riot encountered difficulties when finding travel for production staff. Multiple staff members haven't been able to get their approval to travel to China, meaning that they had to find a new solution to put on the best show possible.
Also, teams from the LCS are still trying to secure Visas to China, but are having difficulties as well. Therefore, Riot has made the decision to move the 2021 World Championship quite recently. Riot has not confirmed this information yet, and we are still waiting for an official announcement.
Breaking: The 2021 League of Legends World Championship is expected to be moved from China to Europe, an official announcement expected in the forthcoming dayshttps://t.co/blI7ZCvmzR— The Esports Writer (@FionnOnFire) August 23, 2021
Which Cities will Worlds 2021 Visit?
Since Riot has not made any announcement yet regarding this move, countries and cities in Europe that might host games have not yet been revealed either.
With COVID numbers rising once more, it might be difficult to predict where the event is going to take place and whether it will be another bubble event like the 2020 World Championship and the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational.
When Was the Last World Championship in Europe?
The 2019 World Championship was the last event to host a large number of fans, and was also the last time the World Championship was in Europe. The final had been held in Paris where G2 faced off against FPX.
The 2019 Worlds were held across multiple cities in Spain, Germany and France. Whether any of these countries could be potential host cities for the 2021 World Championship is still out in the open.
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When is the 2021 World Championship?
The 2021 World Championship will be held in October. The finale was going to be on the sixth of November in Shenzen, but with the event moving from China to Europe, this might be changed as well.
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No exact date for the start of the 2021 World Championship has been announced, but we're fairly sure it will be around the same time as every year.
Which Teams Have Qualified for Worlds 2021?
So far, as of writing this article, nine teams have qualified for the 2021 World Championship:
- DWG KIA
- MAD Lions
- 100 Thieves
- Team Liquid
The event will host a total of 24 teams from regions all around the world.