The noisy events where professional gamers compete under huge screens in arenas packed with fans, and on the screens you see one of the top five popular games in the history of gaming, League of Legends, are a really unique sight and like nothing other you have ever seen. The company behind this massive game with 67 million logins every month is Riot Games, a company that used the successful recipe of Dota 2 and made it into its own product. This is also a very popular game among bettors that like to bet on eSports events.
What is League of Legends?
League of Legends, or LoL, is a game from the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre. You cannot play it in single-players as there are is no campaign mode, storyline or skirmishes. All you need is 9 other players (4 for your team and 5 for the opponent’s team) and you are on for one of the most exciting gaming experiences. You can just log in, find a game and connect with random players from around the world and play.
The basic concept of the game is defending your “nexus”, a structure at the center of your base in a match that typically lasts between 20 and 60 minutes. You get to choose from a line of heroes, each with their own unique capabilities, and throughout the game you have to upgrade the hero by collecting experience and gold, which you use to purchase different items. In order to reach the opponent’s base you have to destroy their defensive structures along the lanes that lead towards the nexus.
Is There Anywhere Where I Can Bet on LoL Events?
Of all the sports betting sites, the first that comes in mind is Pinnacle. Pinnacle’s department for eSports betting is headed by a big gaming fan and gamer himself who has equipped Pinnacle with all the necessary things in order for the site to offer a reliable eSports betting product and info. There you will find a LoL Betting Calendar which will tell you about all the important League of Legends events throughout the world.
By clicking on the “See the Odds” button you will be redirected to a page where all scheduled eSports events are displayed, and by clicking on the desired event you are further redirected to the betting page where all the odds are shown along with the teams that compete in that event.
Any Large Events and Where Can I Watch Them?
The largest event by far as a culmination of each season is the League of Legends World Championship hosted by Riot Games. Many smaller events lead up to this one, but the World Championship is the biggest and most prestigious one. In order to play at the World Championship, your team has to qualify through regional competitions.
The first one was held in 2011 in Jönköping, Sweden, after which it was hosted twice in Los Angeles (2012 and 2013) and once in Seoul, South Korea, in 2014. Berlin was the destination for the 2015 World Championship. The 2011 first place prize was only $50,000, but due to the games immediate popularity, in 2012 the prize jumped up to $1,000,000. You can watch the World Championship as well as all other smaller events directly on Pinnacle.
Top LoL Teams
The winner of the first World Championship was the team called Fnatic, an international team consisted of 5 players from Poland, Spain, Finland and Germany. It is also one of the most successful eSports teams. Over 1.6 million watched the 2011 live stream. The 2012 Championship was won by the team called Taipei Assassins, which was consisted from 4 Taiwan players and one player from Hong Kong.
The next two events were won by Korean teams, SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy White. The latter was called Samsung Galaxy White because the team was sponsored by Samsung, an opportunity for the company to advertise its Galaxy products. Naturally, the top 10 most successful players in League of Legends are all Koreans such as Faker, imp, Bengi, PawN, DanDy, Mata and other.