It doesn’t seem that a League World Cup will be held in the near future…
Will there be any future for a possible League World Cup?
During the press conference about the pre-MSI, Riot’s head of global esports, John Needham, addressed one of the most often asked-about issues by the community: a possible World Cup featuring League of Legends players.
A League World Cup has recently received a lot of attention, particularly after the good shows between the Spanish and French League national teams. Needham was asked at today’s press conference whether Riot has “plans for any international competitions where teams represent their countries, such as a LoL World Cup.” And Needham made it clear that while Riot has addressed the possibility of hosting such a gathering, there are currently no plans to do so.
“I love World Cup, I love EU Masters when I was in Europe, really awesome. And that France vs. Spain match was super cool a few weeks ago,” Needham said. “We are always looking for new ways to engage our fans and our pro players, and while League of Legends World Cup will translate really well around the world, making room in our crowded LoL esports schedule is super challenging. So, it’s a great idea, we talk about it a lot, and it’s certainly something that we want to do in some form in the future, but we don’t have any roadmap plans to discuss today.”
The series featured the best players from each nation, including LEC players, and was organized by prominent Spanish streamer Ibai Llanos in collaboration with the French OTP League broadcast team. In terms of participation and viewership, this friendly match was a huge success.
A League World Cup seems to be something that might happen in the future. For the time being, League esports enthusiasts should look forward to plays at MSI 2021, which kicked off on May 6.