Worlds 2021 hasn’t been over for a month and Riot is already announcing the cities that will host the 2022 World Championship, which will be taking place in North America.
From Mexico to Eastern Canada, League of Legends esports fans from all over the continent can look forwards to esports’ biggest event coming to their neck of the woods next year.
The Worlds 2022 event will begin in Mexico City, Mexico with the play-ins, where minor regions and lower seeds from some major regions will compete for slots in the group stage. This will be LoL esports’ first international event in Mexico, and the first chance for many Mexican fans to attend an international League of Legends event. From there, the tournament will head to the big apple, New York City, for the group stage. The quarterfinals will also take place in New York.
From there, the playoffs will first go to Canada for the semifinals, stopping off in Toronto, the site of previous LCS playoffs, before returning to the United States. California as the destination for the finals seemed likely since Riot previously announced that Worlds would be returning to North America, and with the grand finals taking place in San Francisco, fans’ initial suspicions were right. Between Riot Games itself being based in California, to the LCS also calling the west coast its home, it was a no-brainer for Riot to wrap up Worlds 2022 on home turf.
Worlds 2021 was originally slated to be in North America, but after 2020 put the kibosh to a publicly accessible Worlds in China, Riot tried to do it again in 2021 before eventually hosting it in Reykjavik, Iceland. Fans can get the full Worlds 2022 rundown in the announcement, which was made at an NBA game yesterday.