It’s Official: 2021 LoL World Championship Is Moving to Europe
We knew it was only a matter of time: the 2021 LoL World Championship will, indeed, be relocating from China to Europe, as confirmed by Riot’s Global Head of Esports John Needham. An unfortunate development, no doubt, but also the best course of action Riot could’ve taken given the many uncertainties and difficulties they — and the many competing teams — would have faced.
“With the Delta variant, travel restrictions and COVID protocols have been even more complicated to navigate in 2021 than they were in 2020. Sadly, we’ve reached the point where it’s extremely difficult to guarantee that qualifying teams and their best players would be able to attend Worlds this year. As a result, we’ve made the tough decision to pivot Worlds from China to Europe,” Needham said.
This Was The Only Option
Competitive integrity is of the utmost importance and it seems that a handful of teams/players wouldn’t have been able to attend Worlds in China — a nightmare scenario, all things considered. So, naturally, the only logical option was for the whole thing to take place somewhere else.
“After considering all potential options, we concluded that moving Worlds to Europe provided the best opportunity for the most teams and their best players to compete. We’re not ready to announce where in Europe Worlds will be held this year, but accessibility for the highest number of teams and their best players will be the key deciding factor,” Needham explained in the official video.
Nothing else has been made official at the time of this writing, but we’re bound to get additional information over the coming days and weeks. The 2021 LoL World Championship is right around the corner, so Riot will need to act fast if they intend on pulling it off! We’ll bring you any updates from the moment they hit the web, so stay tuned!