In a blog post discussing the future of EU LCS Finals, Riot announced that they’re currently in contact with more than 300 cities to decide on future EU LCS Split Finals venues.
Rather than making the entire process based on what Riot employees decide, cities are encouraged to pitch why they should be considered in the future:
“We took inspiration from traditional sports, where potential cities are asked to ‘pitch’ what they could help achieve if their city is selected to host an EU LCS Final. Esports events are on the same scale as major sporting events, and it’s our goal to partner with cities who can provide that same level of attention and support.”
In addition to this, Riot also plans to have the next 4 Split Finals venues for 2019/2020 decided by the end of the year, so that fans (and journalists) can have an easier time planning ahead.
It also should be specifically highlighted that Riot is only looking at cities within Europe. A few cynical fans commented that future EU LCS Split Finals could be held in Qatar – a potential jab at the way FIFA delegates FIFA World Cup locations.