The 2023 League of Legends EMEA Championship season has barely begun, but developer Riot Games is clearly already thinking ahead to the future – specifically the LEC 2023 Season Finals location.
As announced in an LEC press release, the LEC 2023 Season Finals location will be held at the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier, France. Speaking on the decision, head of esports for EMEA Albert Guerrero says: “With such a large and spirited LoL Esports fan base in France, we’re delighted to bring our roadshow back to the country for the first time since 2017.”
The largest city in the Occitanie region, Montpellier is where part of hit League of Legends TV series Arcane’s production team, Fortiche, is based. Guerrero notes that both city and region were “extremely impressive” throughout the vetting process, and “their passion and commitment to growing the gaming and esports industries was very evident.”
Giving a joint statement on the decision, Occitanie region president Carole Delga and Montpellier mayor Michael Delafosse say they are “proud” to host the event. The pair state that the event “will contribute to the influence of our videogame ecosystem and its community, among the most important in France and the region.”
While the league can’t share details regarding ticketing or specific dates just yet, there’ll be more news “in the coming months”.
2022’s LEC Summer Finals was held in Malmö Arena, Sweden. 19,600 tickets were sold for the two-day event, which saw Rogue eventually hoist the LEC trophy, and secure its place as the region’s first seed for LoL Worlds 2022. Having brought SEK 50m / $4.86m / £3.92m in revenue into the city, Montpellier’s leadership will certainly be hoping for similar results.