The lights are on
Today, the developer behind the massively successful game League of Legends announced plans for its third season, touting it as the biggest investment in eSports ever.
Huge changes are coming to the League of Legends circuit. For starters, Riot announced the Championship Series Tournament. Beginning early 2013, a new series of tournaments will be regularly held and overseen by Riot Games. This will allow people who are interested in the game to easily find professional matches to watch and enjoy.
Riot also announced that the top eight teams from North America, Europe from Season 2, as well as the top eight Asian teams from the past season, will be offered salaries to compete. This will probably lead to more focused and higher quality gameplay than has yet been seen in the professional League of Legends play, something that everyone who follows the scene can appreciate.
Along with salaries, prize pools and tournament compensations have been promised to be larger than ever before. The large sums of money are meant to ensure that players who decide to go pro can lead viable lives while competing.
The season structure will be formatted more closely to traditional sports. This means that there will be multiple matches every week, progressing into regional playoffs, and ultimately to a world championship.
On top of everything else, Riot promises free HD streaming for all events
All in all, this is a very exciting development for eSports and fans of League of Legends. 2013 can’t come soon enough.
Tournament compensation? Better nerf Irelia!
I will probably not be the THIRD to play this. Either way, they better nerf Irelia.
2013 still won't have as strong an opening as zyra.
Jokes aside, it's nice to see the needs of esport players recognized. Unsalaried teams who aren't majorly successful initially can get into some tight binds.
i want LOL for Macs again!!!
Sounds like fun. I may end up watching.
I really hate LoL...
Grrrr, I wish Blizzard would do this :( I guess they gave us WCS... but still ;_;
Hmm... Muy intereste. :3
to each their own i guess. i wouldnt be able to get into watching people play video games like i watch sports
I like how none of the mentioned improvements for season 3 focus on doing something to shake up the game play. I get that they want esports to be a bigger thing, and that's cool and all, but the game play has some serious issues that need to be addressed going forward. They still have problems balancing champs correctly out of the gate, and the meta is so stale it's suffocating. In season 2 they came out with a new game mode. That's the kind of innovation Riot should focus on first. Be bold. Make a better game.
Noooo, not season 3. I just hit gold.
Makes sense that HD stream is free. I wouldn't pay to watch people play LoL.
this game is so awesome. Wooo