These Gamers Won $1 Million Over The Weekend

These Gamers Won $1 Million Over The Weekend

Those young men you see up there are five of the members of the Taipei Assassins, who on Saturday took out season 2 of the League of Legends World Championships at the Galen Centre in Los Angeles.

They easily defeated South Korean team Azubu Frost – at the centre of a cheating controversy that rocked the tournament last week – and in the process earned themselves $1 million in prizemoney.

That’s professional sports levels of winnings. Like, seriously life-changing stuff. But then, what do you expect from a game that’s oh so quietly become one of the biggest on the planet?

If the money didn’t convince you how big a deal this thing was, know that over 20,000 people were there live, in person, to see it all go down.


The Taipei Assassins lift the tournament’s trophy, the Summoner’s Cup.

(Bottom image by artubr [Flickr)


  • There were also several hundred thousand people watching the streams of the match in multiple languages.

    It was really impressive to see the show that Riot put on for this. Made it depressing to turn to WCS Asia afterwards and see the poor production values. Here’s hoping that Blizzard lift their game for the WCS Finals coming up.

      • It really annoyed me that while Twitch went down during that game, Own3d was still going but that was lagging so much that I almost pulled my hair out in frustration, then Twitch came back up and all was well for the rest of the finals.

        • I managed to watch the whole thing, lag free and without any apparent problems, on Own3d.

          Twitch has been a rectal pain for a while now, which is really inconvenient because almost every Starcraft streamer and tournament prefers to use Twitch.

    • yeah, with the high production values of this and DOTA 2’s international, i lot of e-sports really have to step up their production values, i didn’t watch any of this, but i’m assured that a lot of effort was put into it. (they would have had to put in a lto of effort, seeing how great the international was).

      also, the aegis of champions looks way cooler than the summoners cup, just saying 🙂

    • Honestly if you haven’t watched it by now, checked your friends/ignore list, looked at a pro gaming feed and haven’t found out who won I will ruin it more… it was a freaking snow ball.

  • had to work on the weekend, was plannning on watching today. Havent played LOL in a few days and dont know any ppl IRL who know anything about it so wasnt expecting spoilers.
    It seems that most of the games were snowballs… like m5 crushed tpa first game, then got crushed 2nd game after that.. once the pros get a lead they don’t give it away easy.

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