Chinese language smash European hopes of ‘Legends’ online game glory

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PARIS (Information) – Chinese language video avid gamers crushed a staff from Europe on Sunday who had been hoping to interrupt the domination of Asian gamers on the planet championship finals of on-line sport “League of Legends”.

Workforce FunPlus Phoenix members increase the trophy after successful the League of Legends (LOL) World Championship Finals in Paris, France, November 10, 2019. Information/Johanna Geron

With greater than $1 million up for grabs, China’s FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) swept the match, beating Europe’s G2 Esports in all three video games earlier than a crowd of over 15,000 followers in Paris.

The sport, developed 10 years in the past by Los Angeles-based Riot Video games, sees groups of gamers face off in a digital battle enviornment with one major purpose: destroying their opponents’ “Nexus” base.

After robust showings earlier within the collection, the Europeans had been the favourites to win the grand closing of the 10th version of the championship, held this yr in Paris’ AccorHotels Enviornment.

Nevertheless, the Chinese language staff smashed European hopes of ending Asia’s supremacy with their victory.

South Korea has received 5 of the six earlier championships, with Chinese language staff Invictus Gaming successful final yr.

“FPX is a extremely good staff, so even when we had performed higher it could have been tough,” G2 Esports coach Fabian Lohmann, whose gaming identify is “GrabbZ”, instructed reporter.

Together with Dota 2, Fortnite and Counter-Strike: International Offensive, League of Legends is likely one of the hottest video games within the quick rising esports – online game competitions.

The European and Chinese language groups in Sunday’s finals had been composed of 5 gamers every, all male and aged between 19 and 24.

The match had a prize pool this yr of about $6.5 million, making it the third-biggest after Dota 2’s The Worldwide and the Fortnite World Cup.

The successful staff obtained virtually $835,000, with the runners-up receiving greater than $300,000.

Riot Video games mentioned final yr’s championship attracted near 100 million viewers, placing it in the identical ball park because the Nationwide Soccer League’s Tremendous Bowl, the most important American TV occasion.

Sponsors embody French luxurious model LVMH’s Louis Vuitton, U.S. fee large MasterCard and Chinese language electronics firm Oppo.

Reporting by Pascale Antonie and Noemie Olive; writing by Leigh Thomas; Enhancing by Ken Ferris