Riot Games Reportedly Working On An LoL World Cup

by in League of Legends | May, 6th 2021

Fans have been clamoring for an LoL World Cup for years but it never came to fruition, despite it being a spectacular idea. As it turns out, the folks over at Riot had the exact same idea in mind for about as long as everyone else — they just weren’t ready to commit to it. During the opening 2021 MSI press conference, John Needham, the Riot Game Head of Global Esports, touched briefly on the potential LoL World Cup and whether or not it’s in the cards.

“We are always looking for new ways to engage our fans and our pro players, and while League of Legends World Cup will translate really well around the world, making room in our crowded LoL esports schedule is super challenging. So, it’s a great idea, we talk about it a lot, and it’s certainly something that we want to do in some form in the future, but we don’t have any real hard plans to discuss today.”

Based on his response, it seems that an LoL World Cup is not only possible but also “planned” in the sense that it’s bound to happen at some point in the future. We still don’t know when it’ll happen, but the sheer fact that Riot is thinking about it gives us hope that we won’t have to wait long to see it all go down!

A Packed Schedule Means Nothing Soon

An LoL World Cup is what dreams are made of — of that we’re all aware — but it’s also a huge logistical undertaking, and something that cannot be brought into existence in a moment’s notice. Instead, it requires a metric ton of planning and immaculate execution. Now, Riot already excels at both, but pulling it off in the midst of a packed schedule is arguably the biggest challenge of them all.

In most regions, the Spring Split begins in January, with the Mid-Season Invitational starting just a couple of weeks afterward. Then there’s a three-week break (give or take a couple of days) before the Summer Split, and then a slightly longer gap before the World Championship. Once that’s over, players enter the off-season and most of them tend to switch teams if not regions. There’s even the All-Stars event in December, which means the most popular players in the world don’t get to take much of a breather.

In other words: there’s no available time slot for an LoL World Cup. Riot would have to reshape and restructure things quite a bit which also begs the question: aren’t most players already burned out with their packed schedules and obligations, most of which tend to be quite grueling? On the one hand, Riot could position the LoL World Cup as a light-hearted kind of tournament, one that is void of any tryharding — something akin to Rift Rivals. On the other, that’s precisely the reason why so many folks disliked Rift Rivals in the first place: the stakes were low and there wasn’t much top-tier play to speak of.

The LoL World Cup needs to be a prestigious, top-tier tournament, one that is arguably even more important than the Mid-Season Invitational. And, frankly, the sheer thought of it happening is enough to get our blood pumping!

Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to happen in the near future given the way the competitive LoL season is currently structured. These things can always change overnight, but Riot probably isn’t in too big of a hurry to upend things given the current state of the world and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a couple of years, though, they’ll probably have something to announce — better “late” than never, as they say!

In the meantime, make sure to tune in to the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational — eleven regional champions are currently duking it out for fame and glory and, needless to say, you don’t want to miss any of the action!


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