2020 LOL World Championship reportedly to be moved from China to Europe
By Bob Garcia
Riot Games reportedly ran into trouble getting its crew to China
According to a report shared by Upcomer, The League of Legends (LOL) World Championship 2021 has now moved continents. The eSports competition was originally planned to be held in China, but now it looks like participants will have to change their destination to Europe.
Upcomer was the initial source that shared the news, and Dot Esports has come to give its support for that announcement. It appears that there were some logistical problems for Riot Games in securing the travel of its production teams to China. In addition to this, according to reports, LCS teams were still going through the necessary paperwork to obtain visas to enter China as of late last week. The decision to change the host country was made only recently, but it seems that it was the best the organizers could do when they saw the huge amount of inconvenience incurred by having to travel to the Asian country.
Several cities in China were supposed to host the World Championship, including Chengdu, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan. Different stages of the tournament were to be played in these locations, but it seems that there will no longer be a need to prepare them for this. Had it been held in this country, it would have been the second consecutive year in which the World Cup would have been held there. It also might have been possible to maintain a live audience, something that did not happen last year, except for the grand finale, in which limited admission of fans was allowed.
It is not yet known if the live audience will be allowed now that the big LOL event is moved to the Old Continent, especially because the local regulations of the possible cities where it will be held are still being evaluated.