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Riot Games will make E-Sports Mainstream

If E-Sports isn’t already mainstream, there’s one company that will succeed in doing so and that’s: “Riot Games”.

If you don’t know who Riot Games is, then you probably haven’t heard about “League of Legends” and if you haven’t seen than, then you are about to be in a treat!

Riot Games is the company that created the popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game, League of Legends. In the game you choose a hero that you guide it through a map with your team and try to destroy the opposing team’s “Nexus” or pyramid, whatever you want to call it.

When the game first came out it quickly generated popularity by followers of an older game called DOTA.  Except League of Legends had a much lower learning curve than DOTA. Made the game more exciting and easier to get into.

This is how Riot began changing the face of E-Sports here in the United States.  Not only did the game become the most popular MOBA style game in the US, it also became the 2nd highest played game in South Korea (competitively), giving Starcraft a run for their money.

What I really appreciate from Riot is their attention to detail when broadcasting League of Legends championships. If you are an avid follower of the series, you will know why. Watching a League of Legends broadcast is like watching a sport on ESPN. The amount of detail and organization and presentation that go into these events are top notch. Here’s an example of a trailer:

That’s for the upcoming 2014 World Championship Game. Really gets you excited about the tournament? ( and we cannot forget the AMAZING talent by Imagine Dragons on that song).

However, take a look at last year’s Championship Opening Ceremony:

Their casters are simply awesome:

***ALL ABOARD THE KOREAN HYPE TRAIN~~~***

I’m excited for this new 2014 World Championship. You should be too. I’m even more excited for E-Sports in the next coming  years…