Chicago and Berlin to host LCS finals and Game Changers Championship

Credit: Riot Games

Game publisher Riot Games has revealed that the city of Chicago, Illinois, will host the 2022 LCS Championship, the final stage of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS).

The publisher also confirmed Berlin as the hosting city for the VALORANT Game Changers Championship, a tournament to crown the world’s best VALORANT teams from its Game Changers programme.

The United Center, home of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, has been named the venue of choice for the LCS Championship’s decisive matches on September 10th-11th.

Riot Games will be promoting a Fan Fest in Chicago for attending audiences along with participating esports organisations and sponsors. This includes the presenting partner of the 2022 LCS Championship, Grubhub, as well as Mastercard.

Mastercard will provide its clients with a ticket pre-sale opening on June 23rd, while the official ticket sales are set to begin on June 24th.

According to the announcement, Riot Games will also address the Chicago community by promoting experiences for educators, students and parents. VIP backstage accesses, activations in the fan fest and panels about career paths at esports will all be utilised. Additionally, the LCS will work with three Chicago-based Youth Outreach Partners for the event. These are Youth Guidance, the Chicago Park District and I Play Games!.

Riot Games also confirmed the Valorant Game Changers Championship, the first global event of the Game Changers circuit, will be held on November 15th – 20th in Berlin, Germany. VALORANT Game Changers was created by Riot Games in February 2021 to promote women’s participation in esports.

Berlin will host eight teams from six different regions: two from North America, one from South America, one from Brazil, two from EMEA, one from East Asia and one from Asia-Pacific.

According to the announcement, each region was provided with slots based on the region’s competitiveness and player population. Additional details are still to be released.

Victor Frascarelli, Journalist
Victor Frascarelli is a Brazilian esports business journalist focused on the LATAM market. Previously at The Esports Observer for two years, Victor enjoys all things competitive, from League of Legends to football to chess to CS:GO.