In an effort to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19, Riot Games has made several League Worlds 2020 changes. However, the competition is not going to be held remotely and will still be coming to Shanghai!
Alright, this may not be the best idea given the current global pandemic, but there’s a lot of money at stake. After the recent confirmation that the Riot Bilibili deal for exclusive broadcasting rights was worth $113M, Riot has since confirmed a number of changes to the competition.
Originally, Riot Games had planned to hold the League of Legends World Championships 2020 Qualifier stages across five different Chinese cities. However, due to the risk that is posed by COVID-19, Riot has decided to change its plans. Now, every League Worlds game will be held within the city of Shanghai. Not only this, but…
League Worlds 2020 Changes Venue To Pudong Soccer Stadium
The League Worlds 2020 finals were due to be held in the Shanghai Stadium. However, they are now going to be moved to the newly-built Pudong Soccer Stadium. The League Worlds finals are going to be the inaugural event for the stadium. It is also due to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, though! However, it is smaller than the Shanghai Stadium. The Shanghai stadium supports 56,842 people, and the Pudong Soccer Stadium only has a capacity of 33,765. There is no report of any spectators, anyway, but the smaller stadium will be beneficial in trying to limit the number of people being grouped together.
The League of Legends World Championship is due to start September 25, running all the way through to October 31!