This past week Riot Games have announced their format and the European countries that will be hosting the 2019 League of Legends World Championships. The UK has not been featured at all which has infuriated some fans and players.
It has been confirmed that Germany, Spain and France will be the countries that host Worlds this year. Berlin, Germany will get plenty of action as they host both the play-in stage at the LEC studio and the group stage at the Verti Music Hall.
The play-in stage takes place between October 2nd to 8th. Then group stages commence on October 12th and come to an end on October 20th. Following this the action moves over to Madrid’s Palacio Vistalegre will host both the quarter-finals and semi-finals. The quarterfinals take place on October 26th and 27th. Then the semi-finals run on November 2nd and 3rd.
Finally, Worlds will come to an end on the grand stage in Paris, France. The grand finals take place in Paris’ AccorHotels Arena on November 10th. There is talk amongst the scene that Brexit could have potentially been a key reason as to why Riot avoided heading back to the UK.
Riot Games have adopted the trend of hosting League of Legends Worlds in a different global region each year. This is a great way to spread the following and ensure their entire player base is happy. The last time Worlds took place in Europe was in 2015 and London hosted the quarter-final stage.
Whilst the UK has played host to some smaller events in recent years, for example, EU Masters finals. There is nothing quite as big as the World Championship. It will be interesting to see if the UK will continue to play a part in the global events or if that’s it over for the foreseeable future. Either way, UK fans will get to enjoy the UKLC each split.