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League of Legends has a 5 million prize pool for season 2 championships.

Winners get loads of money + money from streaming + RIOT salery, loads of money thumb.gif

LoL and Riot Games have a really rich billionaire Chinese businessman backing them. I wonder how much greater the prize pool is going to grow. They really want to promote the game and scene a lot.

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Dang I'm horrible at all of those games...
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Halo, Diablo, Team Fortress 2, Starcraft, and Counter-Strike.

Yeah, those games can be quite challenging to play well against top level competition.
Edited by Riou - 9/7/12 at 3:09pm
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LoL and Riot Games have a really rich millionaire Chinese businessman backing them.

Do they really? This is something I didn't realize. I know LoL was originally owned by a Chinese company and Riot bought them out for $1,000,000 iirc. I've never heard of them being backed by a Chinese billionaire though. He must REALLY love MOBAs.
 
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LoL and Riot Games have a really rich millionaire Chinese businessman backing them.

Do they really? This is something I didn't realize. I know LoL was originally owned by a Chinese company and Riot bought them out for $1,000,000 iirc. I've never heard of them being backed by a Chinese billionaire though. He must REALLY love MOBAs.

Riot Games were purchased by a really rich Chinese company called Tencent Holdings in 2011 for $400 million US. Tencent rivals Google and Amazon in terms of market cap. They are one of the largest Chinese companies like Baidu.

http://www.insidegamingdaily.com/2011/02/06/china-based-tencent-holdings-acquires-riot-games-youre-next/

That is likely why the prize pool for LoL is so much. They are really pumping a lot of money into the LoL eSports scene.
Edited by Riou - 9/7/12 at 3:16pm
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Riot Games were purchased by a really rich Chinese company called Tencent Holdings in 2011 for $400 million US. Tencent rivals Google and Amazon in terms of market cap. They are one of the largest Chinese companies like Baidu.
http://www.insidegamingdaily.com/2011/02/06/china-based-tencent-holdings-acquires-riot-games-youre-next/
That is likely why the prize pool for LoL is so much. They are really pumping a lot of money into the LoL eSports scene.

Ah, gotcha. I was way off, dunno where I thought I read that.
 
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If you guys think it's that easy to win thousands of dollars in eSports competitions, go ahead and try it. See how far you get.
As far as the typical gamer is concerned, actually AIMING to make a career out of eSports will result in complete and utter failure 99% of the time.
Think about it this way, you can get an average job with an average amount of studying. But you have to be an exceptionially pro gamer (and I'm talking the top 0.001% cream of the crop) to even stand the vaguest hope to make any respectable amount of money from eSports.
In Korea things may be a little different but in the rest of the world pro-gaming is still an extremely tiny niche.
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people that compete on a professional level are genetically different, it could be considered a form a natural selection, only big strong people make it into pro football. I think same thing goes for gaming, some people just have extraordinary hand eye coordination and response speed. I had a friend who was a pro counter strike player, we would go lan together sometimes, I swear no matter how many hours I practiced counter strike, this dude would just headshot me in .001 seconds like before I could even see em round a corner. now I've been playing CS for YEARS I would like to consider myself pretty good at the game, some people are just wired differently, you can practice all you want, that wont put you on the "pro" level.
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people that compete on a professional level are genetically different, it could be considered a form a natural selection, only big strong people make it into pro football. I think same thing goes for gaming, some people just have extraordinary hand eye coordination and response speed. I had a friend who was a pro counter strike player, we would go lan together sometimes, I swear no matter how many hours I practiced counter strike, this dude would just headshot me in .001 seconds like before I could even see em round a corner. now I've been playing CS for YEARS I would like to consider myself pretty good at the game, some people are just wired differently, you can practice all you want, that wont put you on the "pro" level.

Mhmmm, I don't know how many players I've watched in the Open division in any league, stay there with very little to no improvements over multiple years. Playing tons at a video game won't guarantee you to become a professional at any game, much like football, basketball, soccer, and etc.
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I fail to see how gaming helps you in real life. I thought scholarships were to help you excel in a field that matters and give you the ability to one day give back to society through hard work...But then again. scholarship programs have so much leftover money because students dont take advantage of them in the first place.

Reflexes, multitasking, quick thinking, hand-eye co-ordination, finger dexterity, etc.

And the entertainment industry doesn't matter or give back to society?
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By your definition, an overweight accountant who gets winded walking to his desk is an athlete because they are exerting an effort to get a clients' paperwork done before a deadline while chowing down on a doughnut.
I guess I'm an athlete too because I need to practice new techniques and learn new technologies for work to keep up on the competition. I deserve a medal and recognition for the sport of graphic design and website development. thumb.gif

You missed the part where it says "proficient".
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Did the students get tested for PED?
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You missed the part where it says "proficient".

You must have missed the part where it says physical exercise.
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