Esports and gaming company Wisdom Gaming has partnered with Riot Games to produce an in-person event for the WNS (Wild Rift NA Regional Championships) Season 1 Championship in April and May, 2022.
The top eight WNS teams will participate in the season finals at the Mall of America. Wisdom Gaming is named the exclusive broadcast and operations partner for the event.
The finals marks the end of the first edition of the WNS, an $80,000 (~£61,000) League of Legends: Wild Rift league for North America. The winner will advance to the Wild Rift Icons Global Championships. Interestingly, the event will be played in front of a live audience and admittance will be free.
Jaycie Gluck, SVP of Wisdom Gaming, commented: “It’s been incredible to watch the positive response from the NA Wild Rift community this season. Having the Regional Championships take place in person marks a first for the community and the esports community within the Twin Cities who will benefit greatly from this event and future events we plan to bring through our space within Mall of America.”
Wisdom Gaming was already announced as the partner for the Wild Rift tournaments in North America. The regional finals are the last tournament to be played as a part of the partnership.
Chad Smeltz, Product Lead, Wild Rift Esports of NA/OCE, Riot Games, added: “We are excited to partner with Wisdom Gaming to bring the WNS Season 1 Championship in-person at Mall of America. The competitive experience for our players within Season 1 has been thrilling to witness.
“We are confident that the WNS Season 1 Championship event will only amplify the success we’ve seen with the tournament and within the community”
Esports Insider says: Wisdom Gaming looks to be a stable partner for Riot in the NA region and the upcoming finals event will surely be followed by more activations. The Mall of America seems like a logical choice for the in-person event, especially when you take into account the mall’s partnership with Wisdom Gaming.