UK misses out on League of Legends Worlds 2019

Riot Games has confirmed the European countries hosting the 2019 League of Legends World Championship (Worlds), and the UK is not among them.

Germany, Spain and France will play host to Worlds this year. Specifically, Berlin will host the play-in stage at the LEC studio between October 2nd and 8th, and the group stage at the Verti Music Hall from October 12th to 20th.

Madrid's Palacio Vistalegre will host the quarter-finals on October 26th and 27th and semi-finals on November 2nd and 3rd.

Finally, the grand finals will take place in Paris' AccorHotels Arena on November 10th, as confirmed in this official post.

Some have said that Brexit is likely a core reason why Riot decided not to head back to the UK this year.

Riot hosts Worlds in a different global region each year. The last time it took place in Europe was in 2015, where London's Wembley SSE Arena played host to the quarter-finals.

Esports News UK had just launched and we had the opportunity to interview star players at Wembley including xPeke, Febiven and SKT Wolf, who of course went on to win the tournament alongside Faker.

Some of our other memories from Worlds 2015 for us also include fellow SKT player MaRin mobbed by UK fans coming out of a Tesco Express, Gross Gore having some drama with Riot Games, some excellent cosplayinterviewing fans outside the arena and being treated like a pro player when leaving the venue.

The UK has played host to some EU Masters finals in recent years at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, but it's of course not on the same scale as Worlds.

In 2020 and 2021, Worlds will take place in China and North America respectively.

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