The most anticipated sporting event of the year is slowly behind the door. Already in October, the best teams will compete for the title of world champions in League of Legends. It has now been confirmed when and where it will be played.
At the end of August, the organizers were announced that the most prestigious Worlds tournament would move to Europe. It was supposed to be played in five Chinese cities, but due to the pale situation there caused by the covid-19 pandemic, it will not be played in Asia.
The global sports division of Riot Games has confirmed that the 2021 World Cup will start in Iceland on October 5. Specifically, LoL will head to Reykjavík, unfortunately without a live audience. The whole event will take place in the sports hall of the Laugardalshöll arena and will be broadcast online until the grand final, which will take place on 6 November.
In a statement by Riot Games, global director of sports, John Needham revealed that restrictions and regulations were even more complex in 2021 than last year’s event in Shanghai. Moving the Worlds to Europe is the best solution, as it could not be guaranteed that all teams would be able to get to China.
As European restrictions are more relaxed, Riot can ensure that action continues as planned with all qualified teams.
“We are excited to have an incredible Worlds experience in Iceland, in a location that gives us the best opportunity for teams and their best players to compete,” said John Needham.
“This year we have a strong line-up of title contenders and we can’t wait to see how the best of the best will fight for a chance at the Developer’s Cup,” he added.
In addition to the revelation of the host city, the tournament schedule was also announced. The first phase of the play-in will run from October 5 to 9, followed by a group phase from October 11 to 18. This will lead to the quarterfinals, which begin on the 22nd, the semifinals on the 30th, and finally the finals on November 6th.
Riot usually shows impressive technology shows at the event. Previous events included AR augmented reality concerts and even holograms. At last year’s event, which was without live spectators, the company demonstrated the spectacle using massive LED screens to create an impressive mixed reality. Even if you’ve never watched LoLko before, it might be worth tuning in for this year’s championship to find out what technological pieces they have up their sleeve.
Source: Games by www.profigamers.cz.
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