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Europe seeks to clinch rare League of Legends win in Asia-dominated esports world

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Published on November 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:57s

Europe seeks to clinch rare League of Legends win in Asia-dominated esports world

A team of five young European men will seek on Sunday (November 10) to overthrow Asia's supremacy at the "League of Legends", a world-known online video game whose sky-rocketing success has drawn million of viewers and a growing crowd of sponsors.

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Europe seeks to clinch rare League of Legends win in Asia-dominated esports world

The game, developed ten years ago by Los Angeles-based Riot Games, opposes teams of players in a virtual battle arena with different modes and one main goal: destroying the enemy teams's so-called "Nexus", or core building, located in the rivals' base.

The 10th edition of the game's world championship tournament, dubbed "LoL Worlds", will see its finals oppose China's FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) and Europe's G2 Esports, composed of six and five players respectively, aged between 19 and 24, in a battle at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris.

South Korea won five of the six previous championships.

China beat the European team last year.

But the organisers see a growing pool of talented players increasingly challenging Asian stars in the field.

"So what's amazing about that is with the Chinese League and the Korean League have typically dominated this kind of competitions," John Needham, Global Head of Esports at Riot Games, told Reuters on Friday (November 8).

"We have a lot more competitive parity and EU (players)... it's just amazing to have them in Paris, it's the perfect the story line."

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