League Of Legends Season 2 Championship To Award $3 MM In Prizes -- Largest Amount In eSports History

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Posted May 1, 2012 - By Leah Jackson

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Riot Games have announced the League of Legends Season 2 Championship tournaments, where $3 million will be on the line for those participating in the Regional Finals and World Championships. The $3 million prizepool is the largest prizepool in eSports history, and in Riot's own words, the tournament is, "a massive level up for eSports." In total, Riot has spent an unprecedented $5 million throughout League of Legends' second season to support its competitive community, which I think is pretty amazing.

Before we move on, check out this awesome video showcasing League of Legends' second season, as well as what you can expect from the World Championships. Plus, it's got a cinematic Teemo, something every League of Legends fan needs to see.

League of Legends "Season 2 World Championship" Trailer »

“We’ve already awarded more than $1,000,000 in prize money to the incredible competitors of League of Legends this season,” said Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games. “It’s been humbling to watch the level of competition and the enthusiasm of the live audiences – it’s something you really have to see in person.”

Additionally, Riot's just added Spectator Mode to LoL, which allows players to drop in and spectate their friends' games. The mode also lets spectators timeshift and control the camera, but one of the best features that Spectator Mode adds is the ability to watch top LoL players compete live via the Featured Games section in the League of Legends client.

If you want to see pro gamers duke it out in person, you'll be able to do at a variety of regional championships over the next few months. Here's a list of when each region's championships will take place:

  • 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

The regional championships will narrow the teams down to twelve, and those lucky twelve will get the chance to compete at the League of Legends World Championships later this year in Southern California. 

League Of Legends Season 2 Championship To Award $3 MM In Prizes -- Largest Amount In eSports History


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