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Riot Games has announced the League of Legends Championship Series, a new, groundbreaking competitive league coming to LoL during Season Three in 2013. The Championship Series marks one of the more ambitious moves in eSports ever by a developer. Riot plans to create an international pro league for League of Legends players that will be comprised of salaried pro teams, regular high-quality broadcast streamed matches, and a multi-million dollar prize pool.
The Championship Series will feature the best eight teams from North America and Europe, and top teams from each Asian region, competing in a regional tournament leading up to the World Championship. There, the top teams in the world will compete for millions of dollars in prizes.
Riot hasn't announced too many details on the Championship Series yet, but we think the announcement is a huge deal in and of itself. Until now, no developer has offered salaries to pro gamers to play their games and compete in tournaments. So does this basically legitimize eSports in a way no one has ever seen before? Do you think that there could be some conflicts of interest at play here on Riot's part? What do you think of the announcement? Let us know in the comments.
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