As China canceled all international events, Riot is now planning to hold “a single-city, bubble hub format” for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship.
Earlier today, due to the ongoing pandemic, China announced that it will not host any sports even for the rest of 2020. As the 2020 League of Legends World Championship is also planned to take place in China, it led many League fans into questions.
However, according to a report from ESPN, Riot Games is in talks to hold this year’s League of Legends World Championship in a “single-city, bubble hub format” similar to NBA.
Riot Games was reportedly planning to hold the 2020 League of Legends World Championship across six cities in China and the grand final was scheduled to take place in Shanghai. But due to the pandemic, this is very unlikely and a bubble system can be a great alternative to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
With this new system, all 24 qualified teams will arrive in Shanghai weeks prior and they will be quarantined in the same hotel. From there all the teams would compete from a centralized location for the rest of the tournament.
Based on the ESPN report, China will also host the 2021 League of Legends World Championship while NA will host the 2022 League of Legends World Championship.
Riot Games has not made any kind of official statement regarding the issue, thus, dates and schedule are yet to be announced.