Riot needs to expand its World Championship
The League of Legends World Championships is the end all be all that every team in the world strives to attend. It is the combination of an entire year's efforts to be the best of the best and to showcase your skills on the global stage. But as we progress and grow as an industry, so should the tournament expand to highlight the worldwide appeal of the game.
In short, it feels like the world is not truly representing on the global stage. The introduction of wild cards into the tournament was a plus, but just having a handful really does showcase a lack of global appeal that the esport seems to have as of late. It is entirely my own opinion that for the game to continue to grow, the tournament itself needs to be open to more teams and more audiences worldwide, even if said teams are joining out of official riot sanctioned events.
I feel that first, the tournament would need to expand from its current format of 16 teams to a possible expansion of 24 (at the minimum) in order to offer more matches over the course of the tournament to improve the competitiveness and standard that a tournament of this size could offer, as well as opening up spaces for a third LMS space and Wildcard space, perhaps even giving Brazil and Turkey its own space due to the increased popularity and competitiveness in the regions themselves. Even giving them their own leagues might be beneficial to the cause looking forward.. But then again, this would only be considered as a backfire and a betrayal to those who work day in and day out to get the top positions in their respective leagues to go to worlds in the first place.
In short, I do believe that an overall "Worlds" feel is still needed; Europe and North America do take up a large chunk of the world itself, but places like South America, Asia, Australia and other countries still could have teams catered to the global stage. In the end, it all comes down to growing an audience outside of the current regions to make League of Legends a global esports power.
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