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League of Legends Championship Series “not making money”

Thursday, 22nd August 2013 01:49 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Riot Games is making a loss on the League of Legends Championship Series, but is committed to the tournament series anyway.

“It’s a significant investment that we’re not making money from,” Riot Games eSports head Dustin Beck told PCGamesN at gamescom.

“It’s an investment into the game, for our fans, just like we’d invest in any other feature within the game. It’s a worthwhile thing for us to do because it’s such a high quality, engaging experience for our fans.”

The Championship Series helps elevate League of Legends from something people play to something they follow as a fan.

“We’ve mimicked what traditional sports do. We wanted to create a consistent league structure similar to FIFA, similar to MLB or NBA. What that allows for is more fandom and more storylines around players, around teams, around rivalries,” Beck said.

“What we learned from last year doing this one big tournament last year was that it was really hard for fans to have a big following or an allegiance to a specific team. Now that we’ve done this regular season and we’ve created this large platform for viewers to watch, it’s actually a more compelling, more rewarding experience for the championship.”

The full feature through the link above contains further discussion of Beck’s vision for League of Legends and eSports in general, in multiple territories.

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2 Comments

  1. Christopher Jack

    I’ve never watched a single LoL game but I don’t know where I sit in support of these sort of video game tournaments. The positive side of me says its a great idea to encourage the community, the overwhelming cynical side says it’ll make people take it too seriously like the grinding in certain MMOs.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. GrimRita

    These kind of tournaments really do drive the community imo. New players(and old) check in to watch live streams and try to get some kind of inspiration from the ‘experts’.

    It helps drive you(as a player) to learn new ideas, develop new strategies and, of course, they can be extremely entertaining to watch.

    With LoL, it’s not about grinding, it’s about game play and these kind of tournaments help develop the next generation of LoL players.

    #2 1 year ago

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