Are the Worlds heading to Iceland?

It looks like the 2021 League of Legends World Championships will be held in Iceland this year. We had previously reported that it was moving from China to Europe, but now rumours suggest that it is heading to Reykjavik.

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The new location

Reports indicate that Riot Games have decided the location and date for the 2021 League of Legends World Championships. This has not been officially confirmed but it looks like they will be hosting the event in Reykjavik, Iceland. The event will run from the 5th of October until the 6th of November.

It will be a bit of a departure from the traditional structure that they had originally planned. Normally, the biggest League of Legends event of the year would be spread across several different locations. This year it was meant to be held in Shanghai, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chendu and Shenzen. Now, it will be held in only one location, the in Laugardalshöll Indoor Sporting Arena.

This isn’t a huge leap. Iceland has been very good to Riot Games and they have held plenty of events in the country. This year alone, they held the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational for League of Legends and the second Valorant Master of the year in the same venue that will reportedly host Worlds.

The decision to move to Iceland was made because they have relatively lax travel restrictions and most if not all of the teams would be able to travel there without any issues. However, that does not mean that are opening everything back up. The reports also indicate that Riot Games will not be allowing any fans to attend the event.

The reason for the move

Only a couple of weeks ago we reported the news that Riot Games had decided to relocate the World Championships from China to Europe. John Needham, the Global Head of Esports for Riot Games laid out their reasons for the move in an announcement on YouTube.

Basically, they had internal issues surrounding the hiring and moving of crews needed to set up, host, and produce the event in the five cities that were planned to host. Externally, other teams that were participating in the event were also having trouble securing the all-important travel visas that they needed to enter the country.

It all really boiled down to the increased threat of the new Delta variant of Covid-19. Since the situation was very fluid and changeable, at the time it seemed like it was a last minute decision. It took them some time but now it seems like they have found a suitable spot to host the event.

It’s great that so many esports teams are finally able to play in-person again. We were all getting tired of watching online tournaments, but it does seem like the organisers have to jump through far too many hoops in order to get a decent tournament together. We can only hope that next year will not be as troubled as this one.

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