China’s League of Legends esports operator TJ Sports announced Saturday that the 2020 League of Legends World Championship grand final will allow live audiences at the Pudong Soccer Stadium on Oct. 31. TJ Sports will allow 6,312 people to attend the event, with a strict distance between each seat due to Shanghai’s mandated COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.
“We know that this has been an extraordinary year for everyone, so we’re pleased to offer Finals tickets free to our fans in China,” John Needham, global head of esports at Riot Games said in a statement issued to The Esports Observer.
Tickets will be free and randomly distributed to those who register online. In order to maintain fairness in the distribution and to prevent scalping issues, all audience members will need to register from Oct. 12-14 online using their Chinese ID cards with their full name, as well as additional personal information, such as a QQ account and phone number. Non-Chinese citizens will be required to use their passports.
The distribution process for these tickets will be operated by Riot Games on Oct. 15, and supervised by the Shanghai Jingan Notary Office. TJ Sports will announce the distribution results on Oct.16 via the League of Legends official website. Selected audience members will have one week to confirm the qualification and pay a deposit.
There are three types of deposits based on the location in the stadium: ￥500 RMB ($75 USD), ￥1K ($150), and ￥1.5K ($225), respectively. All deposits will be returned