LoL Worlds 2021 Reportedly Relocating From China to Europe
2021 Worlds will be relocating to Europe, as per Upcomer’s Tyler Erzberger. Riot is reportedly facing numerous logistical difficulties regarding its production crews and their trip to China. Nothing else has been made official at this point, but as the old saying goes: where there’s smoke, there’s fire. This, if true, means that Worlds would once again take place on European soil — much like it did back in 2019 which, coincidentally, was the last time fans could attend the biggest event of the year in person.
Teams first battled it out in Berlin, Germany, before moving to Madrid, Spain for the quarter-finals and semis, with the grand finals taking place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. And, needless to say, it was an absolute spectacle, with Europe’s own G2 Esports putting on a show before eventually succumbing to FunPlus Phoenix in the finals.
This year’s Worlds was supposed to take place in a slew of cities, including Shanghai, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chengdu, and, last but certainly not least, Shenzhen. All signs were pointing towards a spectacular championship worthy of the passionate Chinese audience, but it seems that it just wasn’t meant to be. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic obviously hindered Riot’s ability to organize things in time, although it’s still unclear what exactly it is that has catalyzed such a sudden change of plans.
A Most Unexpected Change
If 2021 Worlds really does end up relocating from China to Europe, it’ll be a wholly unexpected shift, although not one without its benefits. Traveling to Europe at this point in time is a lot easier which means that more fans could, potentially, attend in person. Then again, it’s still unclear whether Riot will allow for such a thing seeing how the upcoming LEC Summer Split finals will transpire inside the Berlin Studio with no one attending but the players, coaching staff, casters, and production crew.
Nothing is yet official at the time of this writing, but it’s fair to assume that Riot will put out a statement in the coming days (if not hours).