The ongoing global pandemic has caused some major dents in LAN tournaments for all kinds of esports. Be it the overall cancellation of global esports in 2020 or the numerous venue-related problems in 2021, the global gaming industry has been forced to figure out a lot of unpleasant circumstances.
After the delay and reallocation of venue for The International 10 DOTA 2 Championship, Riot Games has announced that the League of Legends World Championship 2021 will not be held in China. Instead, the entire tournament will be conducted somewhere in Europe.
Here's what Riot Games had to say regarding this reallocation of venue.
Worlds 2021 to be held in Europe
According to John Needham, the Global Head of League of Legends Esports, the primary focus for Riot Games is to ensure the safety of everyone involved with the tournament while also maintaining competitive integrity. In order to achieve this, Worlds 2021 won't be held in China. This is because, since the breakout of the "Delta variant" of the virus, travel restrictions and quarantine protocols have been further tightened.
Hosting Worlds 2021 in China would have meant that multiple players and teams would have been unable to participate in League of Legends' most prestigious tournament. Owing to this factor, John Needham has confirmed that the tournament will be hosted somewhere in Europe.
However, the exact location for Worlds 2021 has not been confirmed yet. It is expected that Riot Games will release further information regarding the tournament in the coming weeks. We will update this section once Riot Games announces the final venue for the League of Legends World Championship 2021.