Scotiabank Arena will host the 2022 League of Legends (LoL) World Championship semifinals, with other rounds taking place in Mexico City, New York, and San Francisco. This is the first time a championship will happen in Canada, plus the first time competitions will be underway in multiple countries. It is also the first time since 2016 the League of Legends World Championships will return to North America.
Riot Games made the announcement during a press conference at the Chase Center over the weekend, just before the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors NBA game kicked off.
“We look forward to welcoming League Of Legends once again, this time for their 2022 Worlds Championship at Scotiabank Arena,” says Melissa Bubb-Clarke, SVP of music and live events at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE). “The esports community is growing exponentially in Canada and our fans will be excited to have the opportunity to attend and watch the best of the best of LoL.”
Exact dates and times have not been announced.
Play-ins, LoL Esports’ Liga Latinoamerica competition arena, Mexico City
Groups and quarter-finals, Madison Square Garden, New York City
Semifinals, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
Finals, Chase Center, San Francisco
EDward Gaming (EDG) was the 2021 winner, taking home the Summoner’s Cup trophy after beating South Korea’s LCK in a best-of-five series.
“Worlds is the showcase of the greatest of our sport, and we look forward to celebrating that with our fans in North America and across the world,” said Naz Aletaha, global head of LoL Esports.
The multiplayer game has professional teams coming from North America, Europe, China, Korea, Japan, and Brazil.
The full announcement can be found here.