PARIS (Reuters) – Chinese language video players beaten a group from Europe on Sunday who had been hoping to damage the domination of Asian avid gamers on the planet championship finals of on-line sport “League of Legends”.
Staff FunPlus Phoenix contributors carry the trophy after profitable the League of Legends (LOL) Global Championship Finals in Paris, France, November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron
With greater than $1 million up for grabs, China’s FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) swept the event, beating Europe’s G2 Esports in all 3 video games sooner than a crowd of over 15,000 lovers in Paris.
The sport, evolved 10 years in the past via Los Angeles-based Insurrection Video games, sees groups of avid gamers face off in a digital combat enviornment with one primary purpose: destroying their fighters’ “Nexus” base.
After sturdy showings previous within the collection, the Europeans had been the favourites to win the grand ultimate of the 10th version of the championship, held this yr in Paris’ AccorHotels Area.
Alternatively, the Chinese language group smashed Ecu hopes of finishing Asia’s supremacy with their victory.
South Korea has gained 5 of the six earlier championships, with Chinese language group Invictus Gaming profitable final yr.
“FPX is a truly just right group, so despite the fact that we had performed higher it could were tough,” G2 Esports trainer 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 most well liked video games within the rapid rising esports – online game competitions.
The Ecu and Chinese language groups in Sunday’s finals had been composed of 5 avid gamers each and every, all male and elderly between 19 and 24.
The event had a prize pool this yr of about $6.five million, making it the third-biggest after Dota 2’s The Global and the Fortnite Global Cup.
The profitable group were given nearly $835,000, with the runners-up receiving greater than $300,000.
Insurrection Video games mentioned final yr’s championship attracted with reference to 100 million audience, striking it in the similar ball park because the Nationwide Soccer League’s Tremendous Bowl, the largest American TV match.
Sponsors come with French luxurious emblem LVMH’s Louis Vuitton, U.S. cost large MasterCard and Chinese language electronics corporate Oppo.
Reporting via Pascale Antonie and Noemie Olive; writing via Leigh Thomas; Modifying via Ken Ferris