Riot Games has announced that the League of Legends Worlds qualifying series will move from its initial location in North America to South Korea.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the company noted that the match between the North American and European fourth seeds will be moved to give teams more time to prepare for the competition in their host region.
The change is also intended to minimize travel for included teams and facilitate training matches. The showdown will take place at LoL Park in Seoul, South Korea, on October 9..
The Worlds Qualifying Series is a new part of qualifying for the League of Legends World Championship. It is actually a best-of-five match that pits the fourth seed from the LEC against the fourth seed from the LCS to qualify for the knockout stage of Worlds. This high-stakes match is expected to promote the teams, their respective leagues and the World Championship itself.
Initially scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, it has now been moved to South Korea, the host country for the 2023 World Cups. In a social media post, Riot Games explained that there are several reasons for the move, ranging from finances to logistics.
We have decided to move the event to South Korea to give the two potential teams as much time as possible to prepare in the host region, minimize travel, and face Worlds-qualified teams before the group stage.