Video games publisher Riot Games has announced that Brazil and China will host the two showpiece events for its League of Legends (LOL) series in 2017, with the season finale having the potential to set a new attendance benchmark for a major esports event.
While the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational will take place in a number of locations across Brazil, the World Championships will be held in four Chinese cities, finishing in Beijing’s National Stadium, more commonly known as the Bird’s Nest.
The venue, which served as the centrepiece for Beijing’s 2008 summer Olympic Games, has a seating capacity of 91,000 and is set to become the largest venue ever to host a top esports event, breaking the previous record held by the 45,000-seat Seoul World Cup Stadium, which staged the 2014 finale to the LOL season.
The 2017 Mid-Season Invitational will include a play-in stage from April 28-May 1, May 3-4, and May 6 at the CBLOL Studio in São Paulo. The group stage and knockout stage will be held from May 10-14 and May 19-21, respectively at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, the venue for gymnastics competitions during the 2016 summer Olympic Games.
The 2017 World Championship will have its play-in and group stage at Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium in events running from September 23 to October 15. Quarter-finals will be held from October 19-22 at the Guangzhou Gymnasium and semi-finals on October 28-29 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center.
The finals will be held on November 4 at the Bird’s Nest.