The 2020 League of Legends World Championship was held in Shanghai under strict circumstances due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On Jan. 8, Riot Games announced their plans for the tournament in 2021, and the location is set to be in China once again. Shenzhen, in the Guangdong province of China, has played host to esports tournaments in the past, like IEM Shenzhen, but nothing before on a scale like the League of Legends World Championship.
In the past, Riot rotated which country hosted their annual event, this year marks the first time since 2013 that worlds was held in the same country two years in a row. As of Friday, the confirmation extends only to where the final will be held. But in a news release, Riot stated that “World 2021 will return to a multi-city format for what is expected to be the largest event in LoL Esports history.”
2020 Worlds in Retrospect and What the Future Has in Store
Depending on how COVID-19 is handled by various countries, the feasibility of a multi-city format may or may not be possible. Riot was able to put on a strong showing for their 10th anniversary despite the pandemic.
Part of the organization behind worlds 2020 was flying all players out to a single location and having them stay in mandatory two-week quarantine. Even with all the preparation Riot engaged in, the two qualifying teams from Vietnam were still unable to fly out and compete.