League of Legends’ world championships moved from China to Europe

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The 2021 League of Legends’ World Championship, the end-of-year match for arguably the largest esport on the earth, has been moved from China to a presently undisclosed location in Europe, Riot Video games introduced. The transfer occurs simply weeks earlier than the competitors is ready to start.

In a video, John Needham, world head of esports at Riot, stated that journey restrictions and COVID protocols made it a problem to carry the occasion in China. The transfer was first reported Monday by Upcomer.

“After contemplating all potential choices, we concluded that shifting Worlds to Europe offered the most effective alternative for essentially the most groups and their greatest gamers to compete,” Needham defined. “We’re not able to announce the place in Europe Worlds can be held this yr, however accessibility for the very best variety of groups and their greatest gamers would be the key deciding issue.”

This would be the second main League of Legends match to happen in Europe this yr, following Could’s Mid-Season Invitational hosted in Reykjavik, Iceland. Worlds is usually an enormous annual showcase for Riot, with previous occasions together with a gap ceremony powered by holograms and a combined actuality stage. It’s unclear if the shift in location will affect subsequent yr’s iteration of Worlds, which is slated to happen in North America.

League’s world championship isn’t the one esports occasion to have been moved in current months. Dota 2’s The Worldwide, which kicks off in October, was first scheduled to occur in Stockholm, Sweden however was moved to Bucharest, Romania due to restrictions on esports occasions.