Worlds 2021: Riot Changes Worlds Location In Light Of COVID-19

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The 2021 League of Legends World Championships will be returning to a familiar location this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Riot Games is taking the biggest tournament in LoL esports to a different location this year in light of recent events regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The League of Legends World Championships are heading to Europe this year, very last minute but definitely needed. The news came down from John Needham, Riot’s Head of Esports in a release sent out by the company on Aug 24.

On Sept 9 Riot announced that Reykjavik, Iceland will be the official location of the event in a statement sent out by the Esports staff. The Laugardalshöll Indoor Sporting Arena will function as the new home of Worlds. This is the same venue that was used for the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, which went off without a hiccup despite taking place during the Worldwide pandemic.

Riot hopes to repeat the success that they’ve had with the 2020 Worlds and MSI for the third time. 2021 Worlds will take place in a bubble similar to the previous events that Riot held during the COVID pandemic. Although there were cases of teams being unable to take part in the events in the past with new strides in getting the vaccine widespread there’s an even better chance for this thing to go off without a hiccup than in the past.

COVID-19 has shaken up all major sporting events across the entire world. There’s no telling how long it’ll be before there’ll be another international event with a crowd but Riot’s done a masterful job of rolling with the punches. We’ll see just how well things turn out when that action kicks off on Oct 5.

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