The 2019 League of Legends World Championship spanned over a month and was hosted by three cities: Berlin for the group stages, Madrid for the quarter and semifinals and Paris for the final. In 2020, Riot Games plans to double that number to six cities in China and will include no doubt an even bigger prize pool.
One day after a sold-out 2019 League of Legends World Championship in Paris, League of Legends creators Riot Games put out a single message for their fans. Next year’s League of Legends World Championship in China, its 10th iteration, won’t be only the biggest esports event of all time, but aims to be one of the biggest sporting events in history.
“The big info you gotta know for next year [is] we’re going bananas,” said CEO of Riot Games Nicolo Laurent at the company offices in Paris. After breaking esports records left and right with its World Championships over the past few years, with 99.6 million people tuning in for the 2018 final. Riot Games wants to make its marquee event more than a simple tournament with the 2020 edition. It’s their aim to blend competition, fandom, gaming and entertainment into something never seen in live production.
In 2017, the League of Legends World Championship broke the record for a paid audience at an esports event with 45,000 fans in attendance at the National Stadium in Beijing. South Korean teams SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy faced off in that 2017 final, and it was a show for the ages, including scalpers outside the stadium selling floor seats for over $1,000 each.
And though the National Stadium held a capacity of 80,000, the configuration of the stage was an issue, blocking off almost half of the available seats. For next the League of Legends World Championship 2020, Riot Games want to outdo themselves by holding the final at Shanghai Stadium, which seats more than 56,000. The stage structure will be updated to pack as many fans as possible into the stadium to watch what will hopefully be, the biggest sporting event in Shanghai in 2020.
“It’s not just esports, it’s a cultural moment,” said Leo Lin, head of Riot Games China. What will the League of Legends World Championship look like in 2020? Only time will tell, but it will definitely be something for League of Legends fans to look forward to! No matter what, stay tuned right here at esportsnow.bet and that way you will never miss out. Thanks for reading.