League of Legends esports fans finally have some answers over where the World Championship will be held this year.
We’ve known since February that Worlds would be in South Korea again. However Riot Games has remained tight lipped on exactly where.
While we now know which cities the various stages will be in, exact venues have still not been revealed.
This year, the League of Legends World Championsip final will be held in Incheon, South Korea
The Play-In Stage will be held in South Korea’s capital, Seoul. 12 teams who don’t have automatic qualification to the World Championship will be competing for the final four Group Stage spots.
The Play-In Stage will take place between October 1-4, and October 6-7.
The Group Stage and Quarterfinals will then head to Busan. The teams from each region will be competing in the Group Stage from October 10-17, and the top few will go through to the Quarterfinals from October 20-21.
The Play-In Stage will be held in Seoul, where teams will battle it out for the remaining spots
The Semifinals, which will take place from October 27-28, will be held in Gwangju.
Then, the two best League of Legends teams in the world will be heading to Incheon on November 3 to battle it out for the grand prize.
The whole Worlds cycle will be a little shorter than usual this year, which Riot says is to ‘reduce the amount of time pro players and their team staff have to be on the road.’
The Group Stage will take place over 8 consecutive days rather than two weeks with a gap in the middle. Plus the quarterfinals will take place over two days rather than four.
The Group Stage and Quarterfinals will be in Busan, from October 10-17 and October 20-21
For last year’s tournament in China, the locations and venues were announced way back in February. However this year, we’re only two months away from the start date, and we’re still in the dark over where exactly the tournament will be held.
Fans have been complaining for months that they haven’t been able to book travel and accommodation for Worlds, and it seems they’ll have to wait a bit longer.
Riot has at least given some explanation for the delay.
Derrick Asiedu, global events lead for Riot Games’ central esports team wrote a post on the LoL Esports website.
The League of Legends World Championship semifinals will be held in Gwangju, South Korea
‘First, an apology on our late timing in announcing dates, cities, and venues… For many of you who wanted to set aside time to travel for Worlds, announcing so late means you’ll need to scramble to set up travel plans or book time off.’
Derrick says the reason behind the delay is that the venue they had in mind for the finals ‘didn’t work out.’ Then, their ‘plan B’ venue fell through as well.
To avoid this happening in future, Riot says they will be looking to commit to a multi-year road map, complete with cities and venues.
Riot’s apology is unlikely to appease the masses, especially those living in South Korea, where esports and particularly League of Legends are extremely popular.
All we know for now is that event tickets will be sold globally through Interpark. More information on tickets and the venues are supposedly coming ‘over the next several weeks.’
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