It’s Official: Worlds 2021 Is Heading to Iceland!
The wait is finally over: Riot has confirmed that Worlds 2021 will be taking place in Iceland! As expected, the world’s biggest LoL tournament will be heading to the Laugardalshöll Sporting Arena — the same venue that has hosted the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational and the VALORANT Stage 2 Masters.
“After close collaboration with European authorities and Riot Games’ trusted risk assessment and safety partners, Worlds 2021 is headed to Reykjavik, Iceland. The biggest, most prestigious competitive esports event of the year will kick off October 5 and end with the Finals on November 6 in the newly refurbished Hall A at the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena,” Riot said in an official statement.
Additionally, in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone who’s going to be involved in hosting, producing, and last (but certainly not least) competing at the event, live attendance will not be an option. A wholly depressing decision, but a most logical one regardless. There are simply too many moving pieces involved with a live audience and, frankly, it’s probably not worth the risk given the surging delta variant of COVID-19.
2021 Worlds | Not Everyone’s Coming to Iceland
Unfortunately, the two VCS representatives will not be able to compete due to travel restrictions, which means that this year’s Worlds will host 22 teams from around the globe. The fact that Vietnamese fans won’t be able to cheer on their champions for the third international tournament in a row is as heartbreaking as it gets.
Still, these are truly challenging times, and it’s easy to understand why some teams (from certain countries) would have a hard time securing visas amidst a slew of very strict travel restrictions. The fact that VCS champions always put on a show makes this whole development that much worse.
Regardless, there’s a lot to look forward to and, with Worlds 2021 being right around the corner, it’s about time we start boarding the hype train!