Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 League of Legends (LoL) World Championship will push through in Shanghai, China from September 25 to October 31, developer Riot Games announced on Saturday, August 1.
In a video message posted on Twitter, Riot Games chief executive officer Nicolo Laurent assured that protocols will be followed to assure the safety of everyone involved in the upcoming event.
"We've been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19, partnering with local and national authorities, external risks and safety consultants, and we continue to follow guidance from various health organizations around the world," said Laurent.
Unlike past championship events, the tournament will not visit different cities of the host country as all games will be played in Shanghai for safety measures.
The finals will be held at the Pudong Football Stadium.
Aside from this year's event, Riot Games also announced that the 2021 world championship will return to China to complete a full country tour.
On the other hand, North America – supposedly the host of the 2021 event – will hold the Worlds 2022.
China's LoL Pro League won the last two championships as Invictus Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix lifted the Summoner's Cup in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
It is the first time since 2017 that the Worlds will be staged in China. – Rappler.com