PARIS (Reuters) – the Chinese video game, crushed a team from Europe in the morning, that he hoped to break the dominance of the Asian players in the world cup final from the online game “League of Legends”.
The Team FunPlus Phoenix members raise the trophy after winning the League of Legends (LOL) world championship Finals in Paris, France, on November 10, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Johanna Geron
With more than $1 million up for grabs in China’s FunPlus, Phoenix (FPX) swept the tournament, beating one of Europe s and G2 Esports in any of the three games in front of an audience of more than 15,000 fans in Paris, france.
In the game, it was developed 10 years ago by a Los Angeles-based Riot Games, will see teams of players face off in a virtual arena with one goal: destroy their opponents’ – “the Nexus” as the basis.
After a strong performance earlier in the series, the Europeans were the favorites to win the grand final of the 10th edition of the championships, which this year is being held in the heart of Paris, AccorHotels Arena.
However, the Chinese team embarked on a European hope-the end of Asia’s dominance with the win.
South Korea has won five of the six previous major championships, the Chinese team Invictus Gaming’s win of the previous year.
“FPX has been a very good team, so even if we had played better it would have been rude,” G2 Esports coach, Fabian Lohmann, whose gaming name is “GrabbZ,” he said to the reporter.
Along with Dota 2, Fortnite, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends is one of the most popular games at the fast-growing esports – video game tournaments.
The European and Chinese teams on Sunday qualified for the finals were made up of five players, all male and aged between 19 and 24.
The tournament had a total prize pool of this year is approximately $6.5 million, making it the third largest in the world after Dota 2’s The International, and with the Fortnite World Cup.
The winning team received a nearly $835,000, with the runners-up receiving more than $300,000.
Riot Games said of last year’s championship attracted nearly 100 million viewers, putting it in the same ball park as the National Football League’s Super Bowl, the biggest American TV events.
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Reporting by Pascale Half, and Noemie Olive; writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Ken Ferris