|Well that’s not so bad (Source)|
|The 2015 Spring Split teams in League’s professional circuit (Source)|
The League of Legends Championship Series (or LCS) has two divisions, North America and Europe. Each division has ten teams each who compete weekly, much like any other sports league. The pros are paid on a salary by Riot Games in order to play competitively. They make a living wage. This is literally their job. Which is incredible.
Additionally on the payroll are the coaches, yes coaches, and the sports casters. There is a weekly “Sports Center” style program where the analysts discuss their expectations for the upcoming week’s match-ups as well as things like player news.
|Don’t look now ESPN, But I think Riot stole your patented left-side-scrolling-headlines idea (Source)|
E-sports are amazing. We’re likely only a few years removed from this becoming as legitimate an enterprise as any other athletic industry. I have a lot of hope in Esports for the diversity it promotes in an “athletic” setting. In the LCS, teams enter by climbing the ranked ladders. The first step is making an account, the second is spending far too much time climbing the ranked ladders. There are no real barriers keeping people from trying to become a pro, and no divisions drawn along things like gender or poverty lines (the game is free to play and capable of running on low-end computers so its very easy to get into, and clearly there’s no need for there to be separate leagues for male and female players). Of course these are just two examples of what e-sports do better than regular atheltics. E-sports are paving the way for a new age of competitive sports and I’m really excited to see where we go from here.
LCS action happens at lolesports.com from Thursday to Sunday weekly.
If any of you happen to already be LoL players, I’d be happy to play with you! If you happen to be interested in getting started, make an account and I’d be happy to lend you the little knowledge I have to help!
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