League of Legends Season 3 World Championships to be held at Staples Center

Riot Games announces League of Legends Season 3 World Championships to be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced that the World Championship finals for season 3 of its global eSports tournament will be taking place at the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the final match in the League of Legends tournament on Friday, October 4.

The University of Southern California's Galen Center will hold the semi-finals on September 16. The Galen Center hosted the Season 2 grand finals last year, to an audience of 7,000 spectators at the venue and over 8.2 million spectators online.

Qualifiers for each of the regions are taking place soon, with the North American and European matches occurring in late August at PAX Prime and Gamescom, respectively. Following the qualifiers, 14 teams from Korea, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, and an international wild-card team will fly to Los Angeles to compete in the semi-finals through both a group stage and a two round single-elimination stage for the $2 million prize pool.

The world championship prize pool is expected to bring the total sum of League of Legends prize money for Season 3 to over $8 million globally, with $1 million going to the championship's winning team.

The Season 3 finals are expected to beat the 18 million unique viewer peak of the recent League of Legends All-Star tournament, held in Shanghai in May.

Tickets will be available soon at lolesports.com and through other various ticketing outlets. GameSpot will be covering the event, so be sure to check out the GameSpot eSports hub.

[CORRECTION] The semi-finals will be held at the Galen Center on September 16. Previously, the article stated that it was the group stage event. GameSpot regrets the error.

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31 comments
infinitebio12
infinitebio12

I don't understand how something that gets 8.2 million views around the world can be over rated. It's a fun game and a fun game to watch. If you don't like league why are you reading an article about league of legends world championships?

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

i dont get how anyone can even play this MOBA genre.. is it an RTS? is it an MMO? WTF is it? And why isnt there more maps?  You mean people have been playing the same Maps for all these years? how is that fun?

E-Magnate
E-Magnate

So much hate from the MOBA community in general here. Like trashing and talking shit about X MOBA iteration actually achieves something. Play the MOBA iteration of your choice and cut the crap - if you feel so insecure about your game of choice you feel the need to bash the competition you need to take a look in the mirror.

kidd04
kidd04

Cool I can't wait!

baxwam
baxwam

You thought that ( insert here) is overrated. LoL is truly is laugh out loud overrated. 

jurk182
jurk182

Cool. I've always wanted to be screamed at by a shrilly 14 year old skinny kid in a stadium.

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

I think it's fair to say LoL is untouchable at this point.  It's a worldwide gaming phenomenon.

VdarklordV
VdarklordV

but gotta say 1mil is pretty nice

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

LOL... esports.

And by that, I mean Laugh Out Loud.

arisgald
arisgald

@SDSkarface the term MOBA was forcefully/hastily made widespread as to promote Riots game LOL..... Dont really get it Massive Online Battle Arena??? But nvm that since alot of LoLfags got too hypnotize by them....

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

They had dota2 news a couple days ago. Tired of butthurt dota gamers... I like dota 2 also but face it league shits all over it... Dota 2 players are starting to turn into the most jealous moba game community out there...

Minomol
Minomol

@DrizztDark By "face it league shits all over it" you mean what, exactly? That LOL is objectively better than Dota2?

The game is big, much bigger than dota2 or sc2. Riot did an awesome job making the game as accessible to a wide audience, as possible.

But that's it. The game itself gives the player a different experience, so saying one or the other is better is pointless, imo.

I tried them all. League of Legends doesn't allow me to deny creeps, which lowers the mechanical skill ceiling of a player, and that's the biggest problem I have with it. Also, the champion playstyles are too similar. Even the champion designs themselves are too similar. 

But that also doesn't mean that LOL is worse than dota2 , it only means that it's a different game, and its target audience/playerbase is different.

Gosha14
Gosha14

@DrizztDark Dota 2 players are jealous?Only way LoL has more people is because it came out eariler then dota 2 and people started playing it.Easy matchmaking and better graphics made it more popular then dota 1.and so people got into LoL and stayed there.And most league players hate dota because its too hard after playing LoL.And anyone saying that Lol is more fun then dota just played 1 game and gave up immideatly,without even trying shit.Dota 2 beats LoL in every way,just people are too blind to see that

E-Magnate
E-Magnate

@waterghost Umm. According to SteamGraph (the source used by many sites including IGN and Gamespot) at 2013/7/1 DOTA2 reached its record peak of 335,335! And based on Riot's released data from 2012 they have 12 million daily users =active. And have a concurrent playerbase of 3 million so no it's not 1/30 more like 9-10% (which is pretty high for any game) Hell you can cut Riot's stated numbers in half and you'll still look like a lying piece of shit. Not everyone on the internet can be tricked by some biased moron.

waterghost
waterghost

@DrizztDark lol you stupid shit, even in open beta state DOTA2 already had almost same concurrent players number as LOL(source from IGN), and thats back when the game wasnt even open to public. LOL puppies love to bloat their  32 millions registered members but less than 1/30 are actually active, meanwhile DOTA2 had a much much smaller overall userbase but the user attachment rate is insanely high(which is weird considering the lerning curve of the game), if this goes on DOTA2's registered users will surpass LOL in  12 to 18 months, what are u gonna say then? Enjoy being the "number 1 MMO" for now you lowlife piece of shit.

Minomol
Minomol

@DrizztDark Your language, while hard to understand, only proves the point that the games' target audiences are different.

Gosha14
Gosha14

@DrizztDark A typical LoL player,thank you for not playing dota,thank you.and keep playing LoL forever plz.P.S enjoy the new destroyed champion called jayce.nerfs for him incoming.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

What I was saying but league shits all over dota 2 in population due to most people just prefer a better moba.... Wipe the tears and everything will be ok?

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Your opinion matters only too your lackluster jealous community buddy... Lol. Numbers show what's better hahahah get mad for me. Think you all are forgetting I'm a big dota2 player just play league a bit more diamond ranked kids so if you say skill doesn't matter lol come at me braaa. My team will fuck ya dry

Gosha14
Gosha14

@Minomol The champions are same,items are dull,gameplays the same in every game(1 mid,1 top,1 jungle,2 bot).Half the champions are unbalanced and forgotten,new champions are overpriced.Yup i think it sucks ass.