Riot Games is open to organising an international League of Legends World Cup-style tournament in the future, where teams would represent their countries.
This has been a talking point since two showmatches took place between an all-star French team and a Spanish mix team, drawing hundreds of thousands of viewers. But could this kind of thing become an official Riot tournament in the future?
John Needham, global head of esports at Riot Games, said: “We’re always looking for new ways to engage with our fans and while a LoL World Cup would translate well around the world, making room in our crowded LoL esports schedule is super challenging.
“It’s a great idea, we talk about it a lot and it’s certainly something we want to do in some form in the future, but we don’t have hard plans to discuss today.”
John was speaking at a press conference ahead of the Mid-Season Invitational, which gets underway in Iceland today (May 6th) and sees the best teams from different regions around the world facing off against one another.
The question to Riot was sent in by L’equipe esports journalist Paul Arrivé, asking Riot if it has plans for international tournaments where teams represent their countries, like a League of Legends World Cup.
It’s not the first time Riot has thought about such an international competition. Back in 2017, Riot Games rep Ye Qiang said: “We have to think of some different kinds of international events. 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.”
- MSI 2021 preview with LCK caster Chronicler and LPL caster Munchables
- MSI & VCT Masters interview with Ásbjörn Ásbjörnsson from the Icelandic Esports Association
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.