Riot Games, tournament organiser, has announced that the Chase Center in San Francisco will be the host venue for the League of Legends 2022 World Championship Final. This spectacular event will take place next November, following qualifying events in Mexico City, New York and Toronto. Naz Aletha, Global Head of League of Legends Esports, is delighted by the event’s reach: “This is going to be a full continental tour, which we are really excited about,” he commented, adding that “the excitement and momentum around League of Legends Esports is at an all-time high.”
Earlier in November, the 2021 World Championship Final in Reykjavik, Iceland, was won by Chinese team, Edward Gaming. And according to John Needham, President of Esports at Riot Games, these 2021 finals recorded a record-breaking peak audience viewership of 73.8m. With 2022 being the first time since 2016 that the Championship will have been played in North America, it seems appropriate that the so-called ‘Superbowl of Esports’ will be contested in the US, and also at the Chase Center in San Francisco, best known globally as the home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.