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League of Legends 2013 World Championships

Janelle Cabuco |
October 6, 2013 | 2:00 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

People beginning to file into the arena (imgur/Nicholas Perazza).
People beginning to file into the arena (imgur/Nicholas Perazza).

More than 13,000 fans gathered to watch South Korean team SK Telecom T1 completely dominate in their final match against Chinese team Royal Club during the League of Legends World Championships on Friday, October 4th.

League of Legends is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) style game that consists of two teams of five players who play against each other with the goal of destroying the enemy team’s nexus. 

Not only was this event held live in Los Angeles, but it was also streamed live all around the world on multiple streaming sites such as twitch.tv, where over one million people where able to access game one alone. 

There were 14 teams who qualified for the League of Legends third annual Championship event, and they came from all around the world: three teams from North America, three from South Korea, two teams from China, four teams from Europe, one team from South East Asia, and one team came from Taiwan. After advancing past seven teams, SK Telecom T1 faced off against Royal Club, who had a bye and beat only two teams, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. last Friday.

SK Telecom T1 played Royal Club in a best of five game series where SK Telecom T1 completely blew Royal Club away in a three to zero game blow out, taking one million dollars as their first prize and leaving team Royal Club with a runner-up prize of $250,000. Along with their prize money, SK Telecom T1 also got their name etched into the summoner’s cup.

SEE ALSO: A Noob's Intro To League Of Legends

League of Legends has become so popular that companies such as Nissan, Alienware, and NOS Energy Drink have begun to sponsor professional teams. 

Riot, the game’s developers, are currently trying to get Esports on the map, with the goal of having people view League of Legends competitions on the same level as football and basketball. Riot has made their first step in doing this by making it so that people out of the country can apply and get a work visa just to play for a professional team. Riot not only tries to make the professional gaming process easier for international players, but they also give certain American and European teams a salary to compete in their leagues. 

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