The 2020 League of Legends World Championship is still slated to happen this fall, the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Sports, and Tourism said during a briefing last week.
While nothing is confirmed from Riot’s side yet, as the global COVID-19 situation could worsen at any time, this comes as the first ray of hope for LoL esports fans in a long time. This season saw both Rift Rivals and the Mid-Season Invitational cancelled and all leagues moved to an online format, leaving the LoL esports calendar very poor on quality events.
The latest from Shanghai’s local government is in line with statements the administration made in February, vowing to “do its best” to support the holding of important esports tournaments, including Worlds 2020, whose finals are to be held in China’s largest city. Whether the World Championship will indeed happen as Shanghai hopes, however, hinges on way more factors than just the local COVID-19 situations, including flight availability from every single region in attendance.
Other world championship circuits in major titles have suffered major rescheduling too. In CS:GO, the Rio Major got postponed from May to November, which forced a completely new qualification system for the teams and a doubling of the prize pool to $2M. In Dota 2, Valve also postponed the annual The International, which was supposed to happen this August, and “it is likely that the event will need to happen in 2021”.
As for the League of Legends Summer Split, all major leagues will resume mid-June, though it’s still not confirmed whether they’ll have to continue online or be able to return to their offline studios.