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League of Legends World Championship final took place at the newly opened Pudong Stadium in Shanghai, last Saturday, October 31st. The world of Esports has a new winner in 2020: DAMWON Gaming.
It was Halloween night when the last game of LoL Worlds 2020 faced South Korea’s DAMWON Gaming against China’s Suning.
The South Korean DAMWON outperformed the rest of this Esports competition to lift the Summoner’s Cup and an attractive prize worth $835.000. The runner-up Suning, got $300,000, while the semi-finalists $155,750 each.
This last edition of the Championship has awarded a total of 2.225 billion dollars.
The Esports Prestigious Title for DAMWON
In front of six thousand fans admitted at the newly opened Pudong Stadium in Shanghai, China, South Korean Gaming company DAMWON defeated the Chinese Suning 3-1, winning the 2020 League of Legends World Championship.
It has been a full month of competition between 24 of the world’s best team representatives from Europe, China, Korea, and North America, as well as eight wild cards, in a quarantined bubble in Shanghai.
To reach the finals, both in Europe and North America, everything depended on the results obtained during the playoffs held in the summer. Concerning Korea and China, they still respected the accumulated points.
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The champion DAMWON Gaming was already one of the favorites when the tournament started. The team entered the final with a record of 34-3 when they faced Suning. They finished first in their pool during the group stage, with a dominant performance. Then they overwhelmed their South Korean teammate DRX 3-0 in the quarter-finals. After that, they beat Europe’s series leader G2 Esports in the semi-finals. In the fourth game against G2, DAMWON recorded the fastest victory in the history of the world championship. The time record was 19 minutes and 3 seconds.
This final game was very challenging, as both DAMWON Gaming and Suning have a world-class squad of gamers. In the end, the team made up of Kim Geon-bu, Heo Su, Jang Tong-jun and Cho Geon-hee won this tenth edition of the world’s most-watched sporting event, with last year’s final attracting over 100 million spectators worldwide.
Riot Games, the developer of the game, is the organizer of the League of Legends World Championship. The tournament premiered for the first time in 2011 in the Swedish city of Jönköping.
How Covid19 Affected the Tournaments
The LOL World Championship Final has become a worldwide phenomenon, selling out at every stadium and arena where it is held, from Beijing’s National Stadium to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Due to the pandemic prevention measures, in this edition, no fans were allowed to attend the tournament before the last game. For the final in Shanghai, a draw selected 6,000 fans from over 3 million applicants in China, who were able to enjoy the final game. At the event, the attendees submitted themselves to strict health measures.
Needless to say, apart from the audience, there were many more millions of fans following the streaming broadcast of the event around the planet.