League of Legends, an online video game with over a million players and counting, held their annual League of Legends World Championship tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York on October 21st and 22nd. The event featured four teams: ROX Tigers, SK Telecom T1, H2K, and Samsung Galaxy. The event being a world tournament attracted people of different races and from different countries all to the “Big Apple” to unite for this 2 day event.
This ever growing community of players was enough to completely fill out Madison Square Garden, a basketball arena with a capacity of 18,200 people. With a large mass of people at the event, festivities began at around 4 P.M. and continued till around 12 P.M. The teams actually only competed for about 1 hour at a time, with only 1 game each day of the event. In those 7 other hours of the event being open to the public, fans could purchase different merchandise along with pose for pictures with their favorite characters from the game.
After the first game on October 21st between SK Telecom T1 and the ROX Tigers, the official SK Telecom T1 twitter released this statement after their 3-2 win over the ROX Tigers: “WoW we go #Worlds Finals #SKTWIN.” Later the next day, the Samsung Galaxy also were celebrating after an unexpected 3-0 win over H2K putting them into the World Championship game.
The winners of each game then moved on to play against each other October 29th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California in front of a crowd almost composed of 20,000 people for the final championship game to see who would be crowned as the World Champion. The two teams that advanced SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy faced off and after all was set and done, the SK Telecom T1 team was crowned as World Champions for the second year in a row this past Saturday after defeating the Samsung Galaxy 3-2 in a final game 5. Some people shared their thoughts on Twitter before the outcome of the final game. James Patterson, an eSports host, said “I’m so happy the expectations of this series are being shattered. Whichever way this goes, both teams delivered. #Worlds”
The event certainly gave people the level of energy that they had been looking for. Now SK Telecom T1 are preparing to defend their title for this upcoming year, along with all teams preparing to take it away and break their winning streak.
With contributions by Arthur Falconi and Aiden Chacon