League of Legends is arguably one of the world’s largest eSports. The game has an international competitive scene composed of 13 leagues. Players contesting stand a chance of winning thousands and in some instances millions as most of the League of Legends competitions have prize pools eclipsing the million mark! League of Legends is also not short of fans as millions of video game lovers tune in to watch different competitions and tournaments. In the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, over hundred million unique viewers tuned in!
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena game that was developed by Riot Games under the inspiration of the Defense of the Ancients, a custom map for Warcraft III. When playing League of Legends, players assume the role of a Champion. Two teams of five players each face off against each other in this game with the sole intention of pushing the other team beyond its borders. The team that successfully manages to push the enemy base and destroy its nexus (large structure in opposing territory) wins the game.
Each champion character when playing League of Legends has unique abilities and differing styles of play. However, these abilities and styles of play can be enhanced during gameplay when players collect experience points and purchase items that can cause harm to the players from the opposite team. Experience points are earned when a player kills the minions (non-player enemies in the game). Items can be earned when minions are killed or when the structures in the enemy territory are destroyed.
The most common League of Legends game mode is the Summoner’s Rift (gameplay described above). In addition to the Summoner’s Rift, League of Legends also does have two other game modes which are the All Random, All Mid (ARAM) and Teamfight Tactics. In ARAM, there is no jungle area while champions are randomly chosen for players. In Teamfight Tactics, the player builds his own team that will engage in combat without him personally assuming the role of a champion.
League of Legends as an eSport
As an eSports, League of Legends is highly popular. For 2021, the League of Legends tournaments that players will be competing in for the chance to win some big monetary rewards and also claim some bragging rights include:
League of Legends Major Tournaments for 2021 (All events except World Championship Online)
- Arab League 2021 Spring: March 19 – Prize Pool ($1 392)
- LCS 2021 Mid-Season Showdown: March 20 – Prize Pool ($200 000)
- A1 League 2021: March 21 – Prize Pool (-)
- Nerd Street 2021 Spring: March 22 – Prize Pool ($20 000)
- Arena of Masters S2: March 28 – Prize Pool ($4 324)
- Proving Grounds 2021 Spring: March 29 – Prize Pool (-)
- University Masters 2021: April 1 – Prize Pool ($24 100)
- EU Masters 2021 Spring: April 14 – Prize Pool ($181 844)
- MSI 2021: May 6 – Prize Pool – (-)
- LCS 2021 Summer: June 6 – Prize Pool ($200 000)
- Open Tour France: June 20 – Prize Pool ($16 864)
- LCI 2021 Summer, LPL 2021 Summer, LLA 2021 Closing, VCS 2021 Summer, TCI 2021 Summer, LCO 2021 Split 2, LEC 2021 Summer, LJL 2021 Summer, CBLOL 2021 Split 2, LCK 2021 Summer: July 1 – Prize Pool (-)
- LCS 2021 Championship: August 7 – Prize Pool – (-)
- World Championship 2021: September 1 – Prize Pool –($1 000 000) – Venue – Shenzen, China