Top “League Of Legends” Teams To Battle For A $1 Million Prize

Marking its 10th anniversary, Riot Games returns home to Los Angeles for its sixth League of Legends World Championship Finals.

Top “League Of Legends” Teams To Battle For A $1 Million Prize
Samsung Galaxy versus H2K at the 2016 World Championship - Semifinals at Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2016. [Photos: courtesy of Riot esports]

WHAT: Riot Games’ 2016 League of Legends World Championship Finals on Oct. 29, streaming live on Twitch from Staples Center in Los Angeles.The best three out of five games wins.

WHO: South Korean teams Samsung Galaxy (Coach Woobum “Edgar” Choi and players Sungjin “CuVee” Lee, Chanyong “Ambition” Kang, Minho “Crown” Lee, Jaehyeok “Ruler” Park, and Jimin “Wraith” Kwon) vs. last year’s champs SK Telecom T1 (Coach Jeonggyun “kkOma” Kim and players Hoseong “Duke” Lee, Sungu “Blank” Kang, Sanghyeok “Faker” Lee, Junsik “Bang” Bae, and Jaewan “Wolf” Lee).

Finalist Team Logos

WHY WE CARE: LA-based League of Legends developer, Riot Games, marks its 10th anniversary with its sixth World Championship and two-day immersive fan-focused League Festival on home turf. E-Sports—competitive video gaming—is an exploding global industry, expecting to reach nearly $500 million in revenue this year and more than double that in 2019. League, a multiplayer online battle arena game involving strategy and fighting, ranks among the top games in players, tournaments, and prize money. It attracts 100 million players a month, with last year’s finals, in Berlin, drawing over 334 million viewers—more than most traditional sports.

Despite its popularity, the industry is still forming, looking to improve broadcast and event production quality, team profitability and player salaries, and business models enabling team organizations to share responsibility and accountability for the sport’s long-term success and stability. Riot’s solutions include building up regional leagues and fan engagement through sponsorships, merchandise, and in-game content profit-sharing.

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Susan Karlin is an award-winning journalist in Los Angeles, covering the nexus of science, technology, and arts, with a fondness for sci-fi and comics. She's a regular contributor to Fast Company, NPR, and IEEE Spectrum, and has written for Newsweek, Forbes, Wired, Scientific American, Discover, NY and London Times, and BBC Radio.