O Championship World of League of Legends, which brings together the best teams from around the world, will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the indoor sports arena Laugardalshöll. Riot Games revealed the news today, after an announcement made in August in which it already indicated that the event would be transferred from China to Europe. The event will start on October 5th and end on November 6th. No public will be allowed due to the pandemic.
Reykjavík was also the site of another major international tournament this year. League, the Mid-Season Invitational, which took place in May. “Riot successfully hosted the Mid-Season Invitational last May at Hall B in Laugardalshöll once again with no audience, resulting in zero cases of COVID-19 among players, teams and partners,” noted the company in the ad of today.
“While we maintain our focus on ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved in hosting, producing and competing in the event, the 2021 Worlds will have no audience in the stands. We will continue to use the guidance of various health organizations and local and national authorities to prioritize safety for all.”
In addition to revealing the host city, Riot also detailed the tournament schedule. The initial play-off phase will take place from October 5th to 9th, followed by the group stage from October 11th to 18th. The quarter-finals will be played from the 22nd, the semi-finals on the 30th, and finally the long-awaited final will be played on the 6th of November.
Riot usually in previous tournaments before the pandemic offered stunning technology showcases for the Worlds, previous events featured an AR concert and concerts with holograms. Due to the pandemic, game broadcasts will be broadcast by streaming platforms.
The World Cup is not the only sporting event affected by the 2021 pandemic. Endowment 2, was transferred from Stockholm, Sweden to Bucharest, Romania , while the League overwatch canceled their in-person playoffs in favor of an online competition in Hawaii.