Riot Games will give championship rings to Worlds 2021 winners

Nicholas James • October 21, 20:32

Riot Games is taking a page out of traditional sport’s book and will be awarding championship rings to the winners of Worlds 2021.

Riot took to Twitter to announce a new tradition at its annual World Championship. The victors of the grand finals will be presented with dazzling rings commemorating their victory, designed in collaboration between Riot Games, Mercedes-Benz, and GOOD ART HLYWD.

The rings are crafted from 18-karat white gold and bear the signature robed summoner depicted on the summoners’ cup. This continues a recent history of collaboration with luxury fashion brands to bring non-endemic sponsors into the scene. The rings feature the Mercedes-Benz logo on expertly carved panels on either side of the ring.

HLYWD makes 18-karat World Championship ring

The front of the World Championship ring is inset with a custom-cut sapphire stone emblazoned with the iconic logo of the Summoner’s Cup. Previous rewards were limited to medals and the Summoner’s Cup itself.

Following Riot Games’ collaboration with Louis Vuitton, high fashion crossing over with the world of esports is becoming more and more common. This pattern has spread beyond Riot itself, with esports organizations like 100 Thieves, Fnatic, and G2 Esports joining forces with the likes of Ralph Lauren and Gucci.

Despite immigration concerns forcing the World Championship to move from China to Iceland this year, Riot continues to pull out the stops for announcements as the year winds down. Between Arcane’s release, a new Teamfight Tactics set, Wild Rift hitting its stride, and Valorant getting closer towards its largest tournament of the year, Riot’s esports scene is in full swing at the end of 2021.

Riot continuing to expand the reach of League of Legends and its esports scene with new clothing collaborations, partnerships, and showcase pieces like the World Championship ring is a huge positive for the environment. The World Championship 2021 finals will take place on November 6.

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