Earlier this morning, during the 2020 China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (ChinaJoy), Nicolo Laurent, game publisher Riot Games CEO, announced that the 2020 League of Legends World Championships (S10) will be hosted in Shanghai from September 25 to October 31. The grand final will be held in the Pudong Football Stadium, with an over 33,000 seat capacity.
All stages of S10 will take place in the city of Shanghai, compared to the multi-city tour at the previous edition of the League of Legends World Championships. Nicolo explained that the decision was an added safety measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, Nicolo also announced that the event will return to China in 2021 due to not having a multi-city tour this year, and North America will host the S12. John Needham, global esports head of Riot Games also unveiled the slogan of S10 – “Take Over.”
The new information dispels the rumor that the S10 will be canceled due to the Chinese government’s official announcement to cancel all international sporting events in the country.
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow worldwide, the League of Legends World Championships has become one of the few supreme international esports events to remain on the 2020 esports calendar. For example, another PC Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) esports title, Dota2’s The International (TI) has been postponed to 2021, even the prize pool money of TI10 has surpassed $30 million USD.