$5 million offered in next League of Legends season

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 00:33 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Riot Games has announced that Season Two of League of Legends will rank among the most lucrative of Western eSports, with a $5 million prize pool.

Posting on the game’s official blog, Riot said that since League of Legends is the most popular eSport, it’s “only appropriate” that it have the largest pile of cash up for grabs.

“The thriving eSports community surrounding League of Legends continues to grow at an incredible pace, and it’s the enthusiasm of competitors from across the globe that has engendered this special opportunity,” Riot wrote.

“And with League of Legends featured as an official title in such landmark eSports organizations as Major League Gaming, Electronic Sports League, and the World Cyber Games, this substantially increased prize pool is just the first glimpse into what we have planned for the upcoming season.”

Cash prizes will be offered at local, national and international tournaments. Riot has committed to offering livestreams of European and US tournaments as part of the upcoming season, which kicks off in northern autumn.

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