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by on May 2, 2012 at 3:12pm

League of Legends is a multi-player online battle arena (MOBA) that has a pretty substantial competitive gaming following. In case you had any doubts on that following, Riot Games just announced the League of Legends Season Two World Championship with $3 million on the line for the world’s best League of Legends team.

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Teams have been competing all over the world since November to earn a spot in the regional finals which will be played in different locations around the world. Over $1 million in award money has already been given, and it looks like to bring season two to a thrilling close Riot Games has upped the ante with $3 million in prize money and a climactic live-event finish in Los Angeles on October 13.

Where the teams are from

  • Mainland China: July 26 – Shanghai, China at China Joy – 2 teams
  • Europe: August 16 – Cologne, Germany at Gamescom – 3 teams
  • North America: August 31 – Seattle, United States at PAX Prime – 3 teams
  • Korea: September 21 – Seoul, Korea at the OGN eSports Stadium – 2 teams
  • Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau: September 22 – Taipei, Taiwan at G1 – 1 team
  • Southeast Asia: September – Singapore at Garena Carnival – 1 team

It’s kind of a big deal

Why does this matter? Riot Games boasts that a single live event has brought in over 2 million viewers. This is more than a baseball game on ESPN. They expect that number to be beaten by the finale. It’s also unprecedented that “eSports” or competitive gaming is providing cash prizes that will total $5 million over the course of the entire season.

Will you be watching in person, live online, or not at all?

Sources

Joystiq (story)
League of Legends (image)

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