European League of Legends Championship Series Summer Finals head to Madrid

League of Legend’s European League Championship Series returns to Madrid for the 2018 Summer Finals, Riot Games announced today.

The last time League of Legends esports was featured in Madrid was at the 2015 European Spring Finals in 2015.

The Summer Finals will be held at the 15,000 seated Palacio Vistalegre September 8-9 and will feature the third and fourth place decider matches along with the grand finals for the EU LCS Summer season. Teams will be fighting for prize money along with championship points as they prepare for the League of Legends World Championship. The final team standing will earn the top European seed to the championships in South Korea.

Fnatic currently holds the reign of European champions from the Spring season and finals but fell short in the Mid-Season Invitational achieving 3rd/4th place. The team will certainly be looking to hold their crown and earn the best seed possible for Worlds. 

The 2018 EU LCS Summer Season will run June 15th – August 18th and is held live at the Riot Games studios in Berlin, Germany. Ticket details for the Summer Finals have no yet been released.

This could be one of the last competitions for some of these organizations as Riot is planning on moving Europe to a franchise format along with the NA LCS. Organizations in and out of the LCS are currently putting proposals together to bid on a position in the new league before it takes affect in the 2019 season.

Esports Insider says: Organisations are going to want to show their true passion and dedication to League of Legends as they look to the franchising format for the next season. Even with the hefty price tag Riot will be looking at all angles as they consider teams. Madrid is an amazing location for the EU LCS finals and as they have been held there before we’re sure the city is excited to have it back!