The World Championship of League of Legends takes place in Iceland
The world championship is the largest e-sports tournament in the world, but it is the final tournament of the season in the League of Legends' professional division, where millions of dollars in prize money are played. Live broadcasts from the competition in the game are very popular, with a total of 100 million spectators watching the final match of the 2019 World Cup live.
"We are very excited to be able to offer an incredible experience of the World Cup in Iceland, where the best teams and players get the opportunity to compete," said John Needham, head of e-sports at Riot Games. "There will be very strong teams fighting for the world title this year, and we can hardly wait to see the best fight for the title."
This is the second time that a big tournament in the League of Legends computer game takes place in Reykjavík. Last spring, the Mid-Season Invitational took place here in Laugardalshöll. The successful implementation of that tournament weighed heavily in the decision to hold the world championships in Iceland as well, but no covid-19 infections occurred in connection with the tournament then. A lot of activity can be expected around the tournament, but in total it is estimated that around and over 600 employees and competitors will follow the tournament, which lasts for just over four weeks. The tournament will be played in the old hall this time, but it is expected that there will be little disruption for other activities in Laugardalshöll, as the mass vaccinations that have taken place there will be completed during this time.