Tiffany & Co to design League of Legends World Championship trophy
Luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. announced Thursday that it would design the upcoming League of Legends World Championship trophy. The move is a part of a multi-year collaboration with Riot Games.
On August 29, the Summoner’s Cup trophy will be revealed to the public for the first time on various Riot social media handles. For the time being, Tiffany & Co. has only announced the trophy’s specifications. The new Cup is made of sterling silver and measures 27 inches tall and 44 pounds.
The trophy took four months to design and 277 hours to craft at the jeweler’s Cumberland, Rhode Island, hollowware workshops. This is not the company’s first time creating trophies for esports competitions. Last year, the company worked with Riot to redesign the Chinese LoL league’s Silver Dragon Cup trophy.
“Creating the Summoner’s Cup is another important moment for Tiffany in the world of esports and an exciting new chapter in our 160-year legacy handcrafting sports trophies.”
Riot said the trophy would be a representation of the players. The company said the team who hoists it symbolizes the pinnacle of esports.
“As we looked to build on the prestigiousness of winning a World Championship, there was only one partner we aspired to collaborate with on the Summoner’s Cup,” said Riot Games global head of League of Legends esports Naz Aletaha.
“Tiffany & Co. is a storied brand and the preeminent designer of the world’s greatest sports trophies. We’re honored to partner with them to celebrate our past, present and future World Champion.”
Lol World Championship
The League of Legends World Championship will return to North America this autumn in a multi-city tour format for the first time since 2016. The top teams in the professional league scene will start to qualify from August to September, with the Worlds Final taking place on November 5 in San Francisco.
Worlds will tour North America this year, with the play-in stage in Mexico City, the group stage in New York City, the semifinals in Atlanta, Georgia, and the finals in San Francisco, California.
Aside from the LCL, every domestic league will send at least one official to this year’s Worlds. The World Championship will feature 24 teams from 11 different regions.
This year’s Worlds will be the first since 2019 where fans attend all stages of the competition.
Tickets for the 2022 Worlds will go on sale in September. Fans can purchase the tickets in two phases. The first phase of sales will start on September 8 at noon ET. During this phase, fans can purchase tickets for the tournament’s first four stages—Play-In Stage, Group Stage, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals.
Changes in Worlds
Riot is working on a long-term goal in the game—to “slow the pace of combat.”
For the last few years, there has been a significant shift toward high-speed combat, with average team fights now lasting about 14 seconds. In previous years, fights could last up to a full minute.
In addition, the studio is planning to include Game Pass in the tournament. Riot’s games are already free to play, but Game Pass subscribers will have access to champions, agents, and cards right away.