Friday, 06 February 2015 13:54

eSports gets local professional league with Riot Games' $

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League of Legends developer Riot Games is stumping up some huge prize money to support Oceania’s first ever professional eSports league.

For the first time ever, the local Oceania region is getting a eight team league to battle it out, appropriately enough, playing League of Legends over a seven week season.

“We have some amazing talent in this region and they are only going to get better in a professional league,” explains Daniel Ringland, esports manager, Riot Games Oceania.
 
“Our ultimate goal is to see an Oceanic team win at Worlds,” adds Ben de Rider, esports Co-ordinator, Riot Games Oceania. “We’re not on the same level as some of the larger regions yet, but you should never underestimate a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis.”

Riot Games is funding the league with OPL teams battling for a share of $64,000 ($32,000 each Split). Players will also receive a 'match fee' of $100 for every game they play (a total of $56,000 supporting Oceanic teams per split).

The weekly league will see eight teams battle it out over the course of a 7-week split. The top five teams will remain in the league with the bottom 3 facing relegation.

OPL matches for Split 1 will be broadcast live on Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm AEDT, with the first round starting this Thursday February 5.
 
You can see all the matches at www.twitch.tv/riotgamesoceania.
 
Half of Round 1 has already been played

Legacy v Chiefs - Chiefs
4Not v Legacy - Legacy
Chiefs v Sudden Fear - Chiefs
Sudden Fear v 4Not - Sudden Fear
 
No big upsets last night, but Sudden Fear made Chiefs work for their victory in the early game.
 
Draw 2 Round 1 is on Monday.

Monday February 9 Matchup

6pm AEDTAvant Garde vs Dire Wolves

7pm approx. Rich Gang vs Avant Garde

8pm approx. Dire Wolves vs Team Immunity

9pm approx. Team Immunity vs Rich Gang  

 

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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