Riot Games announced the location and dates of the upcoming League of Legends World Championship 2021, on the eve of the MSI 2021 finals between Damwon Kia and RNG. MSI 2021 is ongoing between the winners from 12 individual Riot leagues spring splits. The event has reached its finals stage, where Damwon Esports and Royal Never Give Up will be competing for $75,000 prize money and champions title.
In their announcement, Riot Games confirmed that Worlds and the finals would be hosted at the Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China. The event has gone back to China but in a different city this time. Last year, Worlds 2020 took place in Shanghai, China. The event is scheduled to start in October. While, the 2021 Worlds Final will take place in the Universiade Sports Centre on Nov. 6 in bustling Shenzhen, the leading innovation and technology hub of China.
2021 League of Legends Worlds Final Date, Venue Set
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The stadium holds the capacity to gather 60,334 people. It is the home to the Shenzhen F.C., the Chinese professional football club that competes in the Chinese Super League.
John Needham, Global Head of Esports for Riot Games said ” We’re extremely excited to push the boundaries of entertainment and sport this year with Worlds 2021 and define the next 10 years of LoL Esports, Shenzhen is China’s most competitive and innovative city with thousands of high-tech startups and entrepreneurial pursuits, so we felt that it was the perfect landscape to host our Finals.”
There has been no clear announcement regarding the presence of a live audience during the complete event. The organizers will decide the fate of fans in the near future. Seeing the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, it seems hard to host a live audience event.