Game developer Riot Games has teamed up with Lexis Partners to bring the final of the 2022 League of Legends World Championship to cinemas around the world.
The Worlds final will be broadcasted in select cinemas and will include both the opening ceremony — performed by Lil Nas X — as well as the grand final of the tournament. The event will be broadcasted from San Francisco to cinemas in the United States, Canada, South America and other countries.
Riot Games did a similar activation last year via a partnership with distribution company Piece of Magic and American theatre company National Amusements. The tournament was viewed in more than 70 cinemas across Europe.
This time around, Riot Games will allow numerous other cinemas around the world to broadcast the event as well. According to Riot Games, the expansion into more territories and screens is part of its commitment to bring Worlds to as many fans worldwide as possible. Riot did share a list of cinemas, which includes only cinemas in the United States and Canada for now. These do, however, cover more than 35 states in the USA, as well as most of the Canadian provinces.
The League of Legends World Championship is currently underway in North America, having commenced in late September. The best 24 teams in the world will compete for a spot in the grand final, which will take place on November 5th at the Chase Center, San Francisco.
Tickets for some cinema viewing parties can be secured via Riot’s own platform, but to watch the finals in some venues viewers will need to secure tickets in person.
Naz Aletaha, Global Head of LoL Esports at Riot Games, commented: “Worlds is the biggest esports event of the year, and this collaboration with Lexis Partners will help us bring the excitement of the World Final to big screens across the world.
“We look forward to providing the community with another way to experience the sport and spectacle that makes Worlds so special.”