Riot Games announces League of Legends World Championship locations

Berlin, Madrid and Paris have all be named as locations for this year’s League of Legends World Championship. 

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The tournament will kick off on October 2nd with the Play-In Stage and finish on November 10th with the Grand Finals. 

  • Play-In Stage – LEC Studio in Berlin (Oct. 2nd-5th & Oct. 7th-8th)
  • Group Stage – Verti Music Hall in Berlin (Oct. 12th-15th & Oct. 17th-20th)
  • Quarterfinals & Semifinals – Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid (Oct. 26th-27th & Nov. 2nd-3rd)
  • The World Championship Finals – AccorHotels Arena in Paris (Nov. 10th)

“The League of Legends World Championship is the pinnacle of esports.” said John Needham, Global Head of LoL Esports at Riot Games “We are driven by the desire to bring joy to tens of millions of fans all over the globe, and these three amazing cities will provide unique settings for all to experience League of Legends esports at its best.”  

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The event will see 24 teams from 13 regional leagues go head-to-head to lift the Summoner’s Cup. Teams from LCK, LCS, LEC, LMS, LPL and VCS will all auto-qualify into the Group Stage. One notable change for this year’s teams is that LPL will have three team slots. In previous years, LCK had received three, but due to China’s successful performance over the last two years, they now receive one of Korea’s slots.

Esports Insider says: We must admit it is a bit disappointing not to see London on the list, however, Riot Games have chosen some solid locations. Having held previous events in all three locations, its clear to see Riot are aware of what countries work well. 

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