Yes, you read that right! Riot Games has just announced that the annual international League of Legends event, 2020 World Championship (Worlds 2020) will push through and will be held in Shanghai, China. The best teams from around will be competing starting September 25, 2020, and will culminate on October 31, 2020.
Unlike the more recent tournaments, Worlds 2020 will be held solely in Shanghai with the Finals being held in the Pudong Soccer Stadium. This, according to Riot, will reduce travel throughout the tournament and give them the ability to more closely control the show environment. In addition, the company will continue to use guidance from various health organizations as well as local and national authorities to prioritize the safety of the players, fans, and everyone involved.
Riot Games has also announced that the 2021 World Championship will go back to China for a full multi-city tour. North America will be the next to host in 2022.
This is the second time the tournament will be held in China with the first in 2017 where Korean team Samsung Galaxy toppled the legendary SK Telecom T1 in the Finals.
Chinese teams have been on the rise after Invictus Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix were crowned champions in 2018 and 2019, respectively. It would be interesting to see if a Chinese squad can take home the title of World Champion and do it on home soil.