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The 2019 League of Legends World Championship has been over for barely two days and Riot’s already talking about new big tournaments. In addition to announcing the location of Worlds 2020, they’ve said they’re considering a World Cup in the future. If you’re like me, your first thought was “well then what do they consider the tournament they just held?!” However, a World Cup would be different than the World Championship.
The largest difference would be that players would play for the country they’re from, rather than whoever is paying them. The event would be more about national pride than the drive to be the best team in the world. According to sources at Riot, the question is a matter of when, not if. Riot appears to be very interested in holding the event, but want to make sure they do it right. For now, we have no idea when that may be.
Our thoughts: I think this is an interesting decision. Riot already has one of the most respected international esports tournaments in the world. I think this would be particularly ugly for North America, who wouldn’t be able to fill their roster with mercenaries from other regions. It would however give NA a reason to continue developing their home grown talent which could be a great thing. I hope Riot moves forward with this, but takes their time to make sure it has the prestige that it should.
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