Oct 8 2016 - 9:00 am

H2k-Gaming and EDward Gaming secure spots in Worlds quarterfinals

Half of the field for the League of Legends World Championships quarterfinals has now been decided—and two of the big regions have their first representatives
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

Half of the field for the League of Legends World Championships quarterfinals has now been decided—and two of the big regions have their first representatives.

After a final day of play in Group B, Europe's H2k-Gaming and reigning Chinese champions EDward Gaming claimed their spots in the top eight.

H2k-Gaming put up a perfect 3-0 score on the final day of group play, after just one win the previous days. The European side beat every other team in the group to finish joint top, before besting EDG in the tiebreaker to claim to top spot and the number one seed coming out of the group.

Both games against EDward Gaming lasted around 45 minutes and were thrilling encounters, with H2k winning with five more kills than their opponents both times.

The games featured some incredible moments, including this quadkill from jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski.

https://twitter.com/lolesports/status/784577222212476928

After Europe went 1-8 in the first week of group play, the fans had a pretty tough time of it. But now at least one team has made it into the quarterfinals. H2k will likely be the only European representative however—the last team, Splyce, currently sit at 0-3 and would need something of a miracle to qualify.  

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Riot Games to stage new international League of Legends event

The new event is set to take place this summer.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

Apart from the annual World Championships, Riot Games have staged just one international League of Legends event per year in recent years. Now that is set to change with a new event this summer.

According to a report from Yahoo Esports Ye Qiang, who works for Riot Games in China, spilled some details on the new event at a press conference to mark the start of the new LPL season.

The new event will take place in July of this year, but will not affect the schedule or timetable of the existing domestic league spring seasons.

The event will also take a different form from Worlds or the Mid-Season Invitational, though no concrete details were discussed. Qiang did muse on the idea of a "World Cup-type tournament".

We hope LoL events can be more diversified, can satisfy our audience, and can give everyone a better player experience," Qiang said according to Yahoo Esports' translation. "so this is what we will target for the event this year in July. Wait and see.”

Riot Games are keen to expand the brand of League of Legends in China and widen the audience for the esports events. According to the report, Riot is also considering expanding the collegiate circuit in China and taking LPL league matches on the road around the country.

Though allowing fans to experience regular season matches in person is a priority, the LPL will remain in Shanghai at least through the current season.


Jan 19 2017 - 7:00 pm

Collegiate League of Legends headed to Big Ten Network

Are college esports about to take off?
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Image via Riot Games

Collegiate League of Legends is coming to television for the first time, thanks to a new partnership between Riot Games and the Big Ten Network.

A dozen of the Big Ten's schools will compete in a new league, which gets underway Jan. 30. The finals will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network itself, the conference's television station available in up to 100 million homes across North America.

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, and Wisconsin will be competing in the league. The teams will be split into east and west conferences playing best-of-three round robin matches, with the top four teams in each conference competing in single elimination playoffs.

Though no details have been released about any kind of prizepool, all 72 players in the league will receive a $5,000 scholarship payment for participating in the league.

The league will be broadcast online by both the Big Ten Network and Riot Games on their respective online platforms. Teams will play from home up until the finals themselves on Mar. 27.

The extended partnership between the two parties follows the BTN Invitational at PAX East in Boston last March, where Ohio State took on Michigan State.

The partnership between BTN and Riot is just the latest development in the growth of collegiate esports, and will be the second televised event after Blizzard's Heroes of the Dorm was broadcast on ESPN2 in both 2015 and 2016.

Collegiate Starleague, one of the biggest organizers of college esports, currently operates competitions across eight games, most recently adding Madden to its lineup.