The explosion of eSports: Competitive computer gaming

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The sport of playing video games, known as eSports, for money is exploding worldwide.

Professional teams compete for coveted titles and prize money in the millions of dollars.

One of the biggest competitions is the League of Legends World Championship, and this year’s nail-biting final took place in Los Angeles Saturday night.

The explosion of eSports: Competitive computer gaming

The explosion of eSports: Competitive computer gaming

The sport of playing video games, known as eSports, for money is exploding worldwide. rofessional teams compete for coveted titles and prize money in the millions of dollars. One of the biggest competitions is the League of Legends World Championship, which is played by millions worldwide.

It’s a mass annual pilgrimage to see their favorite teams compete in a climactic contest.

It’s the fourth League of Legends World Championship, a wildly popular video game that is played by hundreds of million people monthly.

And a majority of them are in Asia.

It comes as no surprise that the finalists are both South Korean teams. Underdog Samsung Galaxy and two-time world champion, SK Telecom.

Fans have come from near and far, some even in full costume, are unabashed about their obsession for the game.

Last year, more than 334 million viewers tuned in online over the four-week period of the world championship.

The finals drew in 36 million, that’s viewers than the Stanley Cup Final, the World Series, and the NBA finals combined.


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