Jess Colwill, January 23, 2017

Riot and Tencent Announce New "World Cup" for League of Legends in 2017

Tencent and Riot Games have revealed a new international LoL tournament to be held in June 2017 at a press conference in China over the weekend.

“I still cannot disclose too many details,” said Riot’s Ye Qiang to the Chinese press (via Yahoo). “We are still considering what kind of event would be the most interesting for everyone. For example, can we do a World Cup-type tournament?”

“We hope LoL events can be more diversified, can satisfy our audience, and can give everyone a better player experience, so this is what we will target for the event this year in July. Wait and see.”

Tencent’s Jin Yibo was also enthusiastic about the overall state of LoL and esports in general, suggesting that recent investments from the NBA “show the brand image is healthy.” He says Tencent are looking into a kind of roaming LPL circuit that will travel around China.

“Our LPL finals have already been held in different places, including Hangzhou and Guangzhou,” he said. “Because of the characteristics of a long-term season, if there isn’t a particularly large change, we can’t easily move our location. We will draw-up a long-term plan for games to be held all over the country.”

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.