This year, the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds, for friendly summoners) will take place in North America.
League of Legends is at its sixth season already, and game developer Riot announced details about the upcoming global competition. The official site of the e-sports competition shows that the event will take place in a number of important American cities, namely San Francisco, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles.
Worlds will debut with its group phases, happening between Sept. 29 and Oct. 2, and between Oct. 6 and Oct. 9 in San Francisco. The Graham Civic Auditorium from San Francisco will host the first stage of LoL's World Championship. A number of 16 teams will line up for the group stages.
Quarters will take place between Oct. 13 and Oct. 16 in Chicago. The Windy City will host the tournament at the Chicago Theatre, where eight remaining teams will fight to snatch a place in the semi-finals.
The final four teams will be pitted against each other at the Madison Square garden in New York City between Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.
The grand finale happens in Los Angeles, California, at the Staples Center. Fans of League of Legends will be able to watch the ultimate Summoner's Rift showdown on Oct. 29, when the world champion will earn its place.
Riot notes that detailed information on ticket sales will become available in fashionable time.
It is not the first time when Worlds holds its matches in different locations. The previous edition of League of Legends' global competition took place in Europe, and each stage of the championship happened elsewhere.
Paris, France, hosted the group stages, while London, United Kingdom welcomed the quarter-finals. For the semi-finals, summoners travelled to Brussels, Belgium, with a final stop in Berlin, Germany, to seal the deal in the finals.
The event was one of the biggest hits in terms of viewership, beating many audience records and aptly consolidating e-sports into public conscience as sportive events.
Last year, the Championship also saw a little technical hiccup. A "game-altering" bug interfered with one of the players' Q key abilities, causing a match to go on hold. Eventually, the match got a remake.
We certainly hope that Worlds 2016 goes without any technical glitches, and we will make sure to keep you posted on the results.