League of Legends Championship Series begins in 2013

Riot Games announces regular season, championship between salaried teams worldwide, free HD broadcasts.

Salaried players, a regular season of live match broadcasts, and a championship to cap it all off: Riot Games' plans for next year's League of Legends series should sound familiar to major league sports fans. The company revealed plans today to boost its League of Legends e-sports campaign with the Championship Series starting in early 2013.

Stick to your lane, ward, and you could be a champion someday.

The game, which was reported last month to be the most-played PC game in North America and Europe, will soon gather eight salaried teams composed of players from those regions, as well as salaried teams from Asia. They will compete in multiple regular-season matches each week, leading to regional playoffs and a world championship, with matches broadcast live in high definition at no cost to viewers. "Millions of fans tune in every time we support a major League of Legends tournament, so we're broadening that support in an unprecedented way," said Brandon Beck, CEO of Riot Games.

Play from the Challenger Circuit outside the Championship Series will still be encouraged by Riot. Dustin Beck, vice president of e-sports at Riot Games, promised to work with Intel Extreme Masters, Major League Gaming, the IGN Pro League, and others throughout Season 3 "as they foster the next generation of League of Legends competitors."

The top three teams from the upcoming League of Legends Season Two regionals for Europe and North American teams, at Gamescom and PAX Prime respectively, will prequalify for the Championship Series. Stay tuned to GameSpot for coverage and commentary on the events as the second season progresses.

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17 comments
p40tomahawk
p40tomahawk

what there are some teams with SALARY wow talk about dream job you play and get payed at the same time =P

91210user
91210user

I'm happy for those players. I remember when Quake 3 was hot in tournaments! back in 1999.

heimi_cherry
heimi_cherry

why hate LOL? why hate DOTA 2? everybody in this sector, GET A LIFE!

kusva
kusva

Dota 2 noting but coppy of old dota in fact fun to play old dota but the again whit fansy graphics no i dont think so. On the other hand lol is someting else and good else

anakvunky
anakvunky

Im confused why people hating other games? I played both , it has different style , for me LOL is more direct action oriented, while dota2 is more .... umm complicated... where there are lot of item action.

But more or less laning and ganking ^0^

rjeaton
rjeaton

Sorry but Dota 2 sucks compared to LOL.  Ask me how I know??

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

This will have a huge number of viewers not just because it is the season end but because of the free HD. That should really become a standard thing.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

Once DOTA 2 comes, I cannot imagine the fierce competition LoL is going to have against it.

tgwolf
tgwolf

So...that could be construed as a statement that...there are people who PLAY this game??

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

Good to see developers staying connected to the professional gaming arena.

wexorian
wexorian

GG, Don't feed next time and maybe my team will be In that list next year :D.