Riot Games announces who will host the 2021 LoL Worlds event
By Bob Garcia
The World Championship Finals for League of Legends will be held live later this year
Riot Games has found its target to serve as a host for the 2021 World Championship Finals for League of Legends (LoL) this year, although it might not make some eSports gamers and fans happy. The COVID-19 debacle has forced the eSports industry to alter a lot of its activity, but Riot is determined to push through the challenges, especially after it gave up on a multi-city tournament last year. When it’s time for the best in LoL to meet in final competition this year, they’ll have to be ready to travel to Shenzhen, China.
While the decision to cancel multi-city tournaments last year was disappointing to the eSports ecosystem and Riot, it was a necessary move. However, most people are optimistic that the second half of 2021 will bring a lot of improvements, and Riot is already preparing for a live Worlds tournament as a result. Riot’s Global Head of Esports, John Needham, explains, “After a year full of unexpected challenges, amazing competition, and major milestones for our sport, we’re looking forward to a season that should be even more thrilling. It’s only fitting that we return to China, home to our biggest league and tens of millions of longtime fans, to produce the world’s highest-calibre esports event in one of China’s most innovative cities.”
Riot took advantage of the announcement to provide an update on its newest competition entry, LoL: Wild Rift. The game is now being made available in a beta version and Riot expects to continue testing the platform while getting ready for the first Wild Rift tournament. Needham says of the new Wild Rift eSports circuit, “While we continue to oversee a rollout of Wild Rift via Open Beta in numerous countries, we’re ready to establish a framework for players to compete at the highest level. This will be the year we will experiment and learn, setting the foundations for the long-term success of the sport. You will see our first competitions come to life later in 2021.”