2020 League of Legends World Championship
One day after a sold-out 2019 League of Legends World Championship at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, Riot Games, the creator of League of Legends, has a single message for the fans.
Next year's world championship in China, its 10th, won't be only the biggest esports event of all time but aims to be one of the biggest sporting events in history.
The 2019 tournament spanned over a month and was hosted by three cities: Berlin for the group stages, Madrid for the quarterfinals and semifinals and Paris for the final. In 2020, 토토픽 Riot Games will double that number to six cities in China and will include the same number of teams and a consistent timeframe for the overall event. This will break the record for the number of cities hosting games at a world championship.
This year's worlds was spread out over three cities and the most we've ever seen has been four. Six cities is going to be a spectacle of its own. Surprisingly, the same amount of teams and a consistent timeframe will be kept for the event, so Riot Games isn't expanding the team pool or the one month competition time.
Riot Games is looking to make the largest live esports event to date and top their opening ceremonies performances from year's past. 2020 is going to be wild.
In 2017, Riot Games broke the record for a paid audience at an esports event with 45,000 fans at the National Stadium in Beijing.
South Korean teams SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy faced off in that 2017 final, making it a show for the ages, with scalpers outside the stadium selling floor seats for over $1,000. And though the National Stadium held a capacity of 80,000, the configuration of the stage blocked off almost half of the available seats.
With China being the biggest League of Legends and esports audience in the world, a massive venue already confirmed for the final, and the premise of it being the tournament's tenth anniversary, it's safe to say that expectations will be incredibly high for when Worlds 2020 kicks off in 11 months time.