The League of Legends World Championship has been a staple event of the annual esports calendar since 2011. This championship offers would-be winners one of the most impressive trophies around, as well as one of the most dazzling prize funds.
This event is also one of the most viewed tournaments of its kind. In 2020, the League of Legends World Championship racked up almost 140 million hours of viewership. At its peak, the 2020 final brought in 3.8 million unique views. Below, we break down all the essential information you need to know ahead of the 2021 championship.
Championship Dates and Venue Details
This year, the League of Legends World Championship will head to China for its live events. Rather than concentrate live events into a single location, the stages of the 2021 championships will instead be spread out across five individual Chinese cities. Events will be held in Wuhan, Qingdao, Shanghai and Chengdu, ahead of the grand finals that are scheduled to take place at Shenzhen’s Universiade Sports Center.
China was also the host of 2020’s world championships. However, due to restrictions on attendee numbers and venue capacities, live attendance was rather limited. At the moment, there are no concrete dates for the 2021 championships. That being said, if previous years are anything to go by, expect a starting date sometime in October. One date we can be sure on is November 6, which has been allotted for the grand final in Shenzen.
Championship Schedule and Format
As with previous years, the 2021 World Championship will see 12 individual teams battle it out across two rounds during the play-in stages. Those who come out on top will progress to the group stage, where a further 12 teams will be waiting to engage the competition.
Although the 24 participating teams have yet to be announced, don’t be too surprised to see previous champions including FunPlus Phoenix, Invictus Gaming, Samsung Gaming and DAMWON Gaming make an appearance. If you want a clearer idea of which teams may be entering the fray this year, 1337pro.com and other esports platforms give a useful oversight of the most active League of Legends teams at work today.
What Prize Money is Up for Grabs?
In addition to walking away with the coveted Summoner’s Cup, the team that wins out during the grand final can expect to take home a considerable slice of the overall prize pool. The prize pool for the 2021 championships stands at 2.225 US dollars. This is slightly down on the 2.34 million US dollars awarded in 2020, but more in line with the previous year and a significant increase on earlier championships.
The overall winners will take home a 37.5 percent share of the prize pool, while the team who comes in second place will walk home with 13.5 percent of the kitty. Those in third and fourth place will each take home 7 percent of the overall prize pool, with smaller shares awarded to the remaining 20 participating teams.
Although a great amount of uncertainty plagued the 2020 championships, 2021 looks set to be a return to form for this long-standing League of Legends tournament. With increased spectator numbers, renewed online interest and a considerable prize pool for up grabs, this looks set to be another stellar year for the League of Legends World Championship.