World Championship coming to the Staples Center

World Championship coming to the Staples Center

This year you've been watching the best League of Legends teams from around the globe battle to dominate their regions. But every game this season also counts towards qualifying for a shot at the most coveted prize in League of Legends esports: the Summoner's Cup, awarded to the winner of the World Championship. Today, Riot announced that the final competition will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, one of the most prestigious homes of pro sports in North America.

You can track the road to the World Championship right here on lolesports.com when the first regional qualifier begins with Southeast Asia on August 17. Following the same format as Season 2, each region has been allocated a set number of teams to compete in the World Playoffs, plus an additional two berths have been added this year. One new spot was awarded to Korea as the champions of the mid-season All-Star Tournament, and another will be granted to the International Wildcard tournament winner at Gamescom.

The entries for each region are as follows:

  • North America - 3 entries
  • Europe - 3 entries
  • Southeast Asia - 2 entries
  • China - 2 entries
  • Korea - 3 entries
  • International Wildcard - 1 entry

All of the qualifying teams will converge in LA on September 16 for the start of the Playoffs. The Semifinals are being held at the USC Galen Center and the two teams who emerge will progress to the biggest League of Legends esports stage ever for the final World Championship game. The victorious team will get its name etched onto the Summoner's Cup and take home the $1 million first place prize, increasing the Season 3 global pool to over $8 million.

More details will be revealed in the coming weeks on the regional qualifiers and Championship format, all of the venues and dates for the coming games, and where to buy tickets. Make sure to follow @lolesports to get notified the instant more news is published.