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Riot Games Will Build Esports Stadium in South Korea for League of Legends

For several seasons now, Riot Games has been hosting all professional events for League of Legends in North America and Europe at its own studios in the respective regions. When it comes to South Korea, the most dominant region of them all, the developer has taken to third-party sources in the form of the OGN Esports Stadium in Sangam and the Nexon Arena in Gangnam.

According to InvenGlobal, Riot Games will be announcing plans for its first-ever esports stadium in South Korea next week. The venue will be exclusively dedicated to League Champions Korea (LCK) and is something that the company has been considering for a while.

“We’ve been thinking for a long time as to how we can provide the best environment and experiences to the world-class teams, players, fans, and other related parties, so that the LoL Champions Korea (LCK) can develop continuously,” a press release reads. “We would like to announce the result of that consideration.”

The surprising announcement for the new regional esports venue arrives shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 League of Legends World Championship in China on the weekend. The grand finals featured both teams from South Korea, with Samsung Galaxy making history by defeating SK Telecom T1.

From seven seasons in total, South Korea has won the last five in a row. SK Telecom T1 secured the crown in 2013, 2015, and 2016. Samsung Galaxy picked up the remaining two years, 2014 and 2017. It is only fitting that the country gets its own official house to play in.