Today, Riot Games has officially announced all the details of the long-awaited World Championship and the 2020 League of Legends, through a video message from the CEO Nicolo Laurent , and John Needham, Global Head of Esports (HERE).
The wait competition, this year is characterized by the motto “Take Over”, will be held from September 25 to October 31 in Shanghai and only in that location, to prevent shifting and ensure the safety of the teams and the organizers. The show will be set up inside the Pudong Soccer Stadium . If, in the period of the tournament, the rules for anti-coronavirus will become less stringent, it will be possible to participate as a live audience. In that case, will soon be provided with the necessary information to purchase tickets.
Below, you can find the press release in full the event:
“We are pleased to celebrate the World Championship 2020 this September in China!
To ensure the welfare and safety of everyone involved in the organisation of the World 2020, all internships will take place in Shanghai. The best teams of the regional leagues all over the world will compete in this incredible competition dedicated to the esports of LoL, which will begin on September 25 and will end on the 31st of October.
Hold the event in a single city will reduce the travel in the course of the tournament and will give us the ability to control more closely the environment of the show. We continue to adhere to the guidelines of various health organizations and local and national authorities to give priority to the safety of our players, fans and everyone involved in the organisation of the World by 2020.
We are pleased to announce that the finals of the World Championship will be the inaugural event of the brand-new Pudong Soccer Stadium. In addition to being the new home of the Shanghai SIPG F. C., this arena is designed to become a meeting place for the key to fitness, fun and entertainment. Will also host the AFC Asian Cup 2023.
If local guidelines for the events, will allow us to have a public, the information on the tickets and the security protocols for those who want to participate will be made public in the coming weeks.
The early stages of the tournament will focus on the digital experience for viewers and will not be played in front of an audience live. We want our plans for the show to remain a surprise, but we also want to reassure all the fans on the fact that we aim to offer the virtual version of our unique and visceral experience of sport in the course of the whole event, in the style that characterizes the esports of League of Legends. The Elder Dragon of 2017 to the technology Holonet last year with the True Damage, we have always tried to innovate the experience of the audience and we are incredibly excited about the show this year.
Thanks to the ongoing support and long-lasting of our fans, in just 10 years, we have gone from a small stage at Dreamhack, playing in many of the most prestigious locations in the world. The motto of this year “Take Over”, is not just about the future of esports, but the future of the sport in general!
Will be back in China in 2021 for the tour’s multi-city World Championship, bringing our experience of sports live to all the fans around the Country, as well as we had planned for this year. North America will host the World cup in 2022.”
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