Riot Games Global Head of E-sports John Needham just issued an official statement, explaining the latest progress of the 2021 World Series. The statement pointed out that with the start of vaccination all over the world, they had hoped that 2021 would return to normal to a certain extent, but the actual situation is not the case. With the emergence of the Delta variant virus, tourism and related policies in 2021 will become better than those in 2020. Even more complicated, this situation may prevent the teams and the strongest players from all over the world from reaching the stage of the World Series in the most complete state, so they made the difficult decision to change the World Series from China to Europe.
He emphasized that Riot is committed to maintaining the integrity and fairness of e-sports. It will be a pity that only some qualifying teams can participate in the World Series, and some teams may not be able to compete with a full lineup. In order to compete for the championship, the team They have invested a lot of resources and time with professional players. They are responsible for providing opportunities for players and teams to participate. After repeated considerations, they believe that hosting the World Series in Europe is the greatest extent possible for most teams and players to participate in the competition.
He said that they are not ready to announce where this year’s Global World Series will be held in Europe, but whether they can get the most advanced teams and their outstanding players to compete will be the decisive factor in determining the location. And he also thanked the five Chinese cities including Shenzhen, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chengdu, Qingdao and their partners for providing many solutions to help. They want to apologize to Chinese fans. This news may be regrettable, but he hopes that everyone can Understand that this way the LPL team can compete with other teams from all over the world with the strongest lineup.
John Needham pointed out that they will share more details about the 2021 World Series in the coming weeks.