LOL Esport: A growing gaming Industry

What is Lol Esport?

League Of Legend or we say LOL Esport, or electronic sports, is a form of competition using video games. The most popular examples of e-sports include multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games like League of Legends and DotA 2, first-person shooters like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, fighting games like Street Fighter V, and real-time strategy games like StarCraft II. Following below are some examples of video games that require skill, not only in terms of hand-eye coordination but critical thinking skills as well. They are complex games with high learning curves for beginners (competing at a professional level requires thousands of hours of practice), but they allow for creative strategies and make for exciting competitions once you master one. Just like professional athletes, many e-sport players make huge salaries thanks to endorsements and winnings.

League of Legends (also known as LoL) is a MOBA developed by Riot Games that has become extremely popular since its release in 2009. LOL Esport game features two teams of five players whose goal is to destroy the enemy team’s base (known as a Nexus) while defending their own. Each player controls only one champion, with some champions (such as Annie above) representing an easily identifiable character archetype with certain strengths and weaknesses. Before joining one of three game modes, the classic five versus five-mode, teams play against AI-controlled bots in a tutorial mode and in what’s known as ARAM (All Random, All Mid), which is a game mode where players only control champions that are randomly given to them. The games are short, lasting around 20 minutes on average, and the action is non-stop, making LoL an extremely exciting spectator sport.

The professional LoL scene has been growing rapidly in recent years. The first LoL World Championship was held in 2011 and featured a $100,000 prize pool. By comparison, the 2017 edition of the tournament had a prize pool of over $4 million. The tournament is now held annually, with the most recent one taking place in China in November of 2018. Even the tournament is also streamed live on Twitch, the most popular streaming platform in the world. The finals for this year’s LoL World Championships had an estimated 100 million views across all platforms, with roughly 15 million unique viewers tuning in to watch them unfold.

Whats The Origin Of League Of Legends?

League of Legends was heavily inspired by DotA (Defense of the Ancients), a popular mod for the game Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. LoL Esport was first released in October of 2009 as a beta, with the full release coming in December of that year. The game was an instant hit, with Riot Games reporting that over 1 million people had signed up to play the game in its first week alone.

What is the format of LoL Esport?

League of Legends tournaments is typically played in a best-of-three or best-of-five format. A best-of-three match is when both teams play two games, with the team that wins two games being declared the victor. A best-of-five match is when both teams play three games, with the team that wins two games being declared the victor. Most professional LoL tournaments are best-of-five matches, with the exception of the Mid-Season Invitational, which is a best-of-three event. The World Championship is also a best-of-five event.

What are the prize pool for LoL Esport?

The prize pool for League of Legends Esports tournaments has been steadily increasing in recent years. The first World Championship had a prize pool of $100,000, while the 2017 edition of the tournament had a prize pool of over $4 million. Also, the prize pool for the 2019 World Championship is currently at $2.9 million, with the eventual winner taking home $1.5 million.

Who are some of the most popular players in LoL Esports?

Some of the most popular players in LOL Esport  include SK Telecom T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, KT Rolster’s Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho and Song “Peanut” Ho-jin, Invictus Gaming’s Ge “Kid” Yan, G2 Esports’ Luka “Perkz” Perković, and SK Telecom T1’s Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong.

Few Intresting Facts Regarding Lol Esport: 

The Lol Esport League is a great success. Even more and more people are tuning in to watch the games, with Korea’s most famous BJ (Broadcaster) Montecristo having ~500 thousand followers on their stream. With such high demand, LoL is obviously extremely rewarding for those who play it at a competitive level, as well as for the spectators. The quality of the games is extremely high, with teams like SK Telecom T1 and Fnatic consistently putting up amazing performances. I would definitely recommend giving LoL a try if you haven’t already; it’s an incredibly fun and rewarding game that’s only going to get bigger and better in the years to come.

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