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Jacob Wolf: League of Legends top teams will participate in Saudi-backed World Esports Cup 2024 Rumors

The Saudi Arabian World Esports Cup will feature the League of Legends tournament in 2024. According to Jacob Wolf, citing a Riot Games email, the publisher reportedly plans to send eight teams to the event.

LCS, LEC, LPK, and LCL will be represented by two teams each. Riot Games will not be choosing them. In the same email, LoL's global head of strategy, Chris Greeley, asked each league to free the space for the Esports World Cup in the first week of July. The message also reveals the Mid-Season Invitational 2024 ending date, May 19.

If true, this would be the first international LAN event in League of Legends not hosted by Riot Games in over seven years. The last one was IEM Katowice 2017, staged in Poland, won by Taiwan Flash Wolves.

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The publisher was inspired by the success of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou, claims Jacob Wolf. Riot responded to the journalist's request to comment on the matter.

We know fans have been asking for more international and cross-regional tournaments, and while these events wouldn’t be operated by Riot, we think they could be part of delivering on that request, in addition to the competitions we produce.

We've been in conversations with various tournament organizers — including the Esports World Cup — about unlocking teams’ participation in such events. We’re in active exploration of these opportunities, including if and when they can fit within the 2024 calendar, but nothing has been confirmed at this time.

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Esports World Cup 2024 continues the narratives of the annual Gamers8 festival. Last year, it featured $45 million in prize money across multiple disciplines, with a massive $15 mln pot for Dota 2's Riyadh Masters 2023, way above everyone else. This year, the organizers promise the "largest prize pool in esports history." It's hard to draw a direct parallel, but Fortnite's World Cup, with $100 mln, should be considered the largest one to date. For a single tournament, Dota 2's TI10 holds the record with $40 mln.

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