For anyone unfamiliar League of Legends, it is the most popular online game with 32 million active players as of earlier this year.
League of Legends its 4th season, with the Season 3’s finale featuring tonight: Korea’s SK Telecom T1 vs China’s Royal Club. The teams will compete for the first place prize of $1,000,000 and the loser taking home a respectable $250,000. The tournament featured 14 teams from across the globe as well as a $2,000,000 prize fund. The finals are being held at The Staples Center, with a sold out crowd of approximately 17,000.
League of Legends World Finals Stage
League of Legends currently has a “Premiere” League in Europe, America, China, Taiwan and Korea. 8+ Teams compete in a weekly League fighting for $100,000 per split (8 weeks), as well as securing a place in the world finals at the end of the season (1 year).
Before now, the only way for teams to qualify for the Premiere League in Europe and America, was in a 32 team knockout bracket with only the highest ranked teams on the ladder participating. However, today Riot Games has announced that there will be a new “Challenger” League below the Premiere League (!) with headline sponsor Coke Zero.
League of Legends is becoming more and more socially accepted as a real sport and even super star athletes, like NFL’s player Chris Kluwe who spoke to Riot Games, recently gave their opinion on how Esports is growing into a real sport. LoL and NFL.
Pciture of The sold out Staples Centre ~15,000