Worlds 2020 Update: All Stages to Be Held in Shanghai
With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging on, many people were worried that the upcoming World Championship in China was going to get canceled. Fortunately, even though such a fear was certainly warranted, the biggest and most prestigious League tournament is still happening! We already reported on Riot’s plan to create an NBA-style bubble for all competing teams, and now we’ve finally gotten official confirmation with a Worlds 2020 update.
What’s Happening With Worlds 2020?
First of all, Worlds 2020 will still be held in China, albeit entirely in Shanghai. The Play-In stage will commence on Sept. 25. We’ll have the entire month of October to watch the best and most talented teams in the world duke it out on the Summoner’s Rift. By keeping the entire tournament (and its many competitors) in just a single city, Riot will not only reduce travel, but they’ll also have a much easier time when it comes to controlling the environment and ensuring everyone’s adhering to government regulations. Player health and safety have to come first, and this is a step in the right direction.
As expected, the majority of the tournament will be played without a live audience. That said, there’s a good chance fans will be able to attend the grand finals in person at the Pudong Soccer Stadium if things go “according to plan.” With so many people watching from the safety of their homes, Riot plans on elevating the overall viewing experience. They’ll share more information as we move closer to the event. Stream drops and fan engagement are pretty much guaranteed at this point, although Riot might come up with something unique given how this is the first-ever digital-only World Championship.
As for the future, China will again host Worlds in 2021 (hopefully in the way it was originally intended), with North America being next in line for 2022. Riot is taking necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment for teams to compete without compromising the core of the tournament and its overall potential. If things pan out as expected, we should be in for one heck of a World Championship!