One of the largest e-sports tournaments in the world, Riot Games' League of Legends (LoL) Worlds, is taking place in Reykjavík's Laugardalshöll indoor sports arena from 5 October through 6 November. Twenty-two teams across LoL Esports' tier-one leagues will compete during the month-long tournament in three stages: Play-ins, Groups, and Knockouts.
The event is the largest held in Iceland, considering the scope and attendance at the tournament. Estimates are that over one hundred million people will follow the event live online.
This is the second major League of Legends e-sport tournament in Reykjavík's Laugardalshöll in 2021. Riot Games hosted the LoL Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) last May. In a statement, Riot Games explained that Reykjavík's event "...was the most successful MSI to-date" with record-breaking peak viewership and average minute audiences. The decision to host the event in Reykjavik again is due to there reportedly being zero COVID-19 cases among players, staff, and partners last May. LoL Worlds will not host a live audience to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in hosting, producing, and competing at the event.
Approximately 700 players and production crew will stay in Iceland for long and short stays depending on tournament outcomes requiring around 20,000 overnight stays. In addition, several domestic companies are working with Riot Games on the event, which contributes valuable foreign exchange earnings.
The tournament program can be found here.
Stream the LoL Worlds 2021 championships in Laugardalur here.