Hundreds of professional players and millions of fans from around the world are looking towards the culmination of this year’s efforts. And that is the 2019 League of Legends World Championship or simply, Worlds. Worlds is the biggest event of the year for League of Legends. And with millions of dollars in prize money on the line as well as the coveted Summoner’s Cup, many will tune in to watch and experience the event that is Worlds.
Last year, almost 100 million fans tuned in to watch the finals of 2018’s World Championship. And many more could tune in this year as well. While the details are scarce as Worlds is still a few months away, many things are for certain. Riot Games, the developer behind League of Legends and the overseer of the League of Legends esports scene, announced that Worlds will take place in Europe. The 20,000 seat Parisian Accors Hotel Arena being the host of the finals. Other cities that will host the venues for the other stages of Worlds are Berlin, Germany and Madrid, Spain.
This will be a homecoming for the current European champions, G2 Esports. They have dominated the European League Championships and won the Mid-Season Invitational. That was a tournament held earlier this year that hosted the strongest teams from around the world. G2 Esports will be looking to win the first Worlds for Europe since no European team has won since the first Worlds in 2011.
They will have to face teams from around the world, including North America, China, and South Korea. The current World Champions, Invictus Gaming, will be looking to avenge their loss at the Mid-Season Invitational, though they did not lose to G2 Esports at that event. A total of 24 teams from around the world will compete at Worlds with an elaborate system to ensure a fair distribution of teams from every respective major region.
However, one notable change is that the Korean league, which had once dominated Worlds for years, will have to send one team through the play-in stage. Strong regions like Europe or China get to skip the play-in stage. But the weaker regions will have to send some teams through the play-in stage. This is notable because Korea hasn’t had to do this for years. However, with their defeat at the 2018 World Championships, their strength as a region has been downgraded.
The entire tournament will last from October 2 to November 10, with the finals happening on November 10. This is all the information that’s currently available about this year’s Worlds. But for now, Worlds 2019 remains as the most anticipated esports event in the year for many around the world.