The final of the League of Legends World Championship, a globally popular eSports competition, will be held in Shanghai this year and next, officials announced at the ongoing ChinaJoy event on Saturday. 

It’s a key step for Shanghai to establish itself as an “international eSports capital,” with an improving eSports industry chain. 

The final sessions of the 10th season of League of Legends (LPL) World Championship, known as S10,  will begin on September 25, with the final competition on October 31, at Pudong Football Stadium. 

Next year’s finals will also be held in Shanghai, government and industry officials told an eSports forum of  ChinaJoy on Saturday.

“Shanghai, let’s meet!” said Nicolo Laurent, CEO of Riot Games, the LPL developer,  in a video.

A post with the news and video, published by an official LPL competition account, received 94,000 likes and 9,200 forwards on Weibo within several hours. 

Chinese teams won the previous two finals of the League of Legends World Championship which were held in South Korea and France. As a result Chinese eSports fans have great expectations of this year’s event.

The city government promised early this year it would host the S10 event. But eSports fans were concerned the COVID-19 outbreak might disrupt it.

Shanghai’s decision to host S10 and S11 represented its determination to develop an eSports industry, a rapidly growing integration sector of game, sports, culture and other industries.

In the first half, China’s eSports market revenue hit 71.9 billion yuan, a 54.7 percent growth year on year. The eSports user base reached 484 million by June, according to