Shenzhen, China, will work as the host city for the 2021 League of Legends World Championship Finals, among the biggest esports competitors in the world.

Reported by Riot Games Head of Global Esports John Needham on Friday, the company and the Chinese government will also use a multi-city trip method through its host area.

” Worlds 2021 objectives to be the biggest esports tournament ever, and win the biggest sports event on earth,” Needham mentioned in the announcing video.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2015, the Worlds 2020 did not start a multi-city tour as Riot Games had provided for the past 9 years. The whole series of competitors were hosted in Shanghai for a month, with the finals occurring in Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium with over 6,312 fans in presence. The viewership of the final – Chinese group Suning vs. South Korean team Damwon Gaming (DWG), broke viewership records, accomplishing more than 23M average minutes audiences across all platforms.

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Given that Riot Games hosted the first Worlds in Sweden in 2011, it has actually ended up being the worldwide annual esports occasion with the most industrial worth. Worlds 2020 had numerous global technology partners consisting of Bose, OPPO, Cisco, and Spotify, in addition to big non-endemic brands Louis Vuitton, MasterCard, and Red Bull.

In truth, the initial plan for Worlds 2021 was that it would be hosted in the U.S. That strategy changed as China was picked to continue to host Worlds 2021, with the U.S. hosting Worlds 2022, thanks to the Chinese government successfully making the pandemic manageable.

The city of Shenzhen is called the economic center of China since it is also the home of large Chinese conglomerates such as Tencent, Huawei, and Vanke. Tencent also fully owns Riot Games, the game designer of League of Legends. Just recently, several Chinese local government released their encouraging policies and plans for developing local esports infrastructures.

Like previous Worlds competitions, the city tour features 6 cities. In spite of Shenzhen being verified to host the 2021 Worlds Finals, the other 3 cities will likely be Beijing, Wuhan, and Shanghai. The other 2 cities picked might be selected from Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Suzhou, Hainan, or Foshan, based on current government esports support in those cities.

In addition, Needham likewise mentioned that the company is ready to develop the esports ecosystem for its new mobile video game, the League of Legends: Wild Rift in 2021.