I really planned on watching the League of Legends final this past weekend. Problem is, it took place in South Korea, so the time difference was something I completely forgot about. By the time I arrived home from my morning cycle, a champion had already been determined. Korean team, Samsung Galaxy White, defeated the Chinese Star Horn Royal Club to take the top spot.
The final result was 3-1 to Samsung White, and it was quite convincing (via LoL eSports)
Closing out its indomitable 2014 post-season run, Samsung White ran away with the League of Legends 2014 World Championship, defeating Star Horn Royal Club in a 3-1 rout. Though Uzi and his Royal Club did manage an impressive Game 3 win, today’s outcome means a second year in a row in which the team finished second place in the World Final.
Though it could have just as easily been awarded to jungler DanDy, the night ended with Samsung White support Mata taking home the 2014 World Championship MVP. He finished the tournament 18/27/253, with a 10.04 KDA, all the while serving as Samsung White’s strategic mastermind and shotcaller.
For Star Horn Royal Club, it must have been heart breaking to make the final a second time, but be denied victory once again. Maybe next year will be their year?
The final was held at Sangam Stadium in front of nearly 50 000 people. That in itself is not something to scoff at, but the concurrents reached on streaming services are even more impressive (via The Daily Dot)
The result was perhaps expected—the Korean team were heavy favorites entering the final. But the spectacle was bigger than anything ever seen in esports.
A quick glance at viewership numbers on streaming platforms around the globe shows fans agreed. In China, over 2 million concurrent viewers watched the event on Chinese streaming platform Douyu. The Western audience topped 1 million concurrent viewers, with nearly 800,000 of them on Twitch.
Three million concurrents? That’s crazy! The way eSport keeps growing, it’s a number that is only going to get bigger and bigger. Samsung White walk away with a cool $1 million dollars, while Star Horn Royal Club get $250 000, which quite frankly, is still a fair amount of money.
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Last Updated: October 20, 2014