All eyes of League of Legends players and video game enthusiasts will be shot this Sunday to the AccorHotels Arena in Paris. The most famous video game arrives in France for the final of its e-sport world championship.
The thousands of seats, between 40 and 80 euros, of the AccorHotels Arena in Paris sold in just 10 minutes. It is therefore at the box office and in front of 20,000 people that the most famous e-sports championship will take place.
The headliners of the final: the Europeans G2 Esports team against the Chinese FunPlus Phoenix. The European team failed last year at the doors of the final and seems ready to fight to win the title of world champion, against a Chinese team that also seems ready to succeed their compatriots Invictus Gaming, champions of last year.
League of Legends is the most played computer game in the world. It claims 100 million active players in the world. It has established itself as the world reference in e-sports.
Categorized as Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), the rule of the game is simple: two teams of five players must destroy the base of their opponent while protecting theirs. Behind a principle accessible to all, dexterity and a certain physical and mental condition to acquire to be the best. Professional players undergo sport training in addition to their gaming sessions.
Free formula and paid returns
League of Legends was the first free game, a daring gamble that proved to be paying off. His American publisher Riot Games has understood that the development would go through the organization of tournaments and retransmission on the internet.
The craze of the spectators has taken over time. If in 2012, the final was held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles with already 10,000 spectators present, we must now rely on larger structures to accommodate the public who comes more and more numerous. Proof of this is that in 2014, the Seoul football stadium used during the World Cup hosted the League of Legends final . More than 40,000 spectators made the trip to attend the competition at the time.
Riot Games was also the first to create broadcast rights for competitions and to pay players. Each broadcast reaches a historical record of views. The latest one: 3.3 million views for his semifinal. Since 2009, League of Legends has generated $ 20 billion in revenue.
League of legends celebrates 10 years of existence. It is now owned 40% by the Chinese Tencent, specialist in internet and mobile services.