The 2020 League of Legends World Championship will be held come September in Shanghai, China, ‘to ensure the health and security of everybody involved’.

Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent and Global Head of Esports John Needham confirmed the news on Wednesday.

“Hosting the occasion in a single city will lower travel throughout the tournament and give us the ability to more closely manage the program environment. We continue to use the assistance from different health companies and local and national authorities to focus on security for our gamers, fans, and everyone involved with bringing Worlds 2020 to life,” LOL world stated in a statement.

The leading groups from the regional leagues around the world will compete in the premier LoL Esports competition, which will start on September 25 and conclude on October 31.

All the matches in the finals will be held at the Pudong Soccer Stadium, which is the house of the Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG and will host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

The earlier phases of the competition will focus on the digital viewer experiences and will not be played in front of a live audience.

Fans may well be in a surprise, as LOL have assured a ‘distinct visceral live sporting experience’ throughout the event.

The teams are participating are LOL Worlds are LCS (North America), TSM, FlyQuest, Group Liquid, LEC (Europe), G2 Esports, Fnatic, Rogue, MAD Lions, LCK (South Korea), Damwon Video Gaming, DRX, TBD, PCS, Machi Esports, PSG Talon, LPL (China), Top Esports, JD Gaming, Suning, LGD Video Gaming, CBLOL (Brazil), INTZ, LCL (Russia), Unicorns of Love, LJL (Japan), V3 Esports, LLA (Latin America), Rainbow7, Legacy Esports, TCL (Turkey), Papara SuperMassive.

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