Earlier this year, it was announced that League of Legends Worlds 2021 would be heading to China for a second consecutive year following 2020’s successful tournament in Shanghai. Riot had revealed that it aimed to bring back the multi-city format it wanted in 2020 (which was not possible due to the pandemic) for 2021, and today it has announced the five locations that will be hosting various stages of this year’s tournament.
While it was already known that Shenzen will play host to the final, it will be joined by last year’s host city Shanghai, as well as Chengdu, Qingdao, and Wuhan, which was the first place that the COVID-19 virus was first detected all the way back in December 2019. The stages that each city will host will be revealed at a later date.
Riot has also confirmed the Shenzen venue that will host the grand finals: the 60,000-seater Universiade Sports Centre.
Despite the size of the venue and the fact that last year’s final was played in front of 6,000 fans, Riot is yet to commit to having a live audience for the 2021 final, or any stage of Worlds 2021 for that matter.
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) June 16, 2021
There has been no confirmation just yet on the venues for the other four host cities.
Riot is fulfilling its 2020 promise of a multi-city tour in 2021, and that’s encouraging to see. LoL Worlds is one of the biggest tournaments in all of esports, and taking it to more communities in China – where a huge wedge of LoL esports fans are based – is certainly a positive.