Riot Games just recently announced locations for the next LoL World Championships following this year’s competition finale which kicked off several days ago with Invictus Gaming winning over Fnatic. The finale took place between one of the best Chinese teams Invictus Gaming and Europe’s favorite Fnatic. After almost one month of battling, it was time for the two teams to put their skills on this ultimate test.
Before reaching the finale, the competition’s semifinals round was expected to be very intense, but it turned out to be not so exciting round at all. Both games of the semifinals ended in sweeps leading Invictus Gaming and Fnatic progressing to the this years’ Worlds Finals. When it comes to the World Finals match, fans expected to see a very tight battle between the two teams. However, it was the opposite. The Chinese team paved their way to the very top by taking their 3-0 series victory. With this amazing achievement, Invictus Gaming became the very first Chinese team to win the competition.
Despite going home as second-placed, Fnatic has something to cheer about as they are a western team who went the furthest in the competition. With this match between Fnatic and Invictus Gaming, this season of League of Legends has come to an end. In other words, offseason is coming soon taking place in just several weeks. Following the end of this season, Riot Games decided to announce locations for the next League of Legends World Championships.
LoL Championship Heading To Paris
The biggest League of Legends competition is set to cycle around those strongest LoL regions excluding South Korea. The very next competition is set to take place in Europe or more specifically in Paris, moving to Asia, China in two years and finally coming back to North America in 2021. The next year’s competition in Paris represents the first LoL Worlds to take place in Europe since 2014 when we witnessed teams battling in Berlin.
When it comes to those host cities, Riot Games will announce them sometime in the future. So far, we know that the next years’ LoL Worlds will be held in Paris at the amazing AccorHotels Arena. Speaking of the Worlds 2020, China is once again the host which represents some kind of landmark as this competition will be the tenth in history. After circling around Europe and Asia, the next stop is North America where the competition returns in three years from now.
German Olympics Rejecting Esports
As Riot Games announced these next three Worlds locations, we also found out that the German Olympics Federation refused to welcome Esports. Just several days ago, the DOSB or the German Olympic Sports Federation released a statement that Esports competitions do not meet their criteria to be regarded as a sporting activity. Further, they stated that they distinguish between eGaming and sports simulations.
Despite this setback, considering the popularity of the series, League of Legends professional series is set to grow even more especially after Malaysia’s more than two million USD Esports commitment followed by the Malaysian government allocating the money of their budget to support Esports. This came as no surprise as Malaysia is definitely one of the most prominent Esports nations.