2011

It all started in 2011. First major tournaments emerged from the scene that was already building naturally ever since the game was released.

Maybe not exactly a World Championship, but the first tournament named Riot Season 1 Championship. held in Jönköping showed everyone how big League of Legends really was. The viewership was huge for the time, the interest, the drama. Setting up a rivalry for the rest of the decade, EU battled against NA’s best teams. Fnatic won the whole thing aAa took second and TSM took third.

Riot Season 1 Championship

1st - Fnatic - $50,000

2nd - against All Authority - $25,000

3rd - Team SoloMid - $10,000

Also four big events happened in 2011, Intel Extreme Masters held their own Major Lan tournaments for the game. They were held in different locations.

IEM Hanover

1st - myRevenge - $5,950

2nd - against All authority - $3,350

3rd - SK Gaming - $2,450

IEM Cologne

1st - Counter Logic Gaming - $12,000

2nd - Team SoloMid - $6,000

4rd - Fnatic - $3,400

IEM Guangzhou

1st - Team WE - $12,000

2nd - Counter Logic Gaming - $6,000

3rd - SK Gaming - $3,400

IEM New York

1st - Fnatic - $12,000

2nd - SK Gaming - $6,000

3rd - Team Sypher - $3,400


2012

Next year was a lot bigger than the year before. A trend that would not soon stop for Riot games and their game. A lot more teams started forming and competing at the highest levels. IEM had 3 events and their own World Championship. And of course Riot held an official World Championship with a cool million dollars for first place. A few new tournament organizers joined in. DreamHack had two League of Legends tournaments in Summer and Winter. MLG joined in too.

Season 2 World Championship

1st - Taipei Assassins - $1,000,000

2nd - Azubu Frost - $250,000

3rd - Moscow Five / Counter Logic Gaming Europe - $150,000

IEM Season VI - World Championship

1st - Moscow Five - $50,000

2nd - Team Dignitas - $20,000

3rd - Counter Logic Gaming - $8,000


2013

IEM continued to organize events for the game. 5 Stops in different spots over the year. Prize pools for those were $80,000 for the Cologne event, $70,000 for Singapore and a bit smaller for Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Katowice. IEM again held its World Championship from all the best teams from those tournaments. From Riot came the league as we know it today. This was the first year Riot introduced LCS to the world. EU version and NA version. There was also Korean league called “Champions”. Three separate leagues that sent their strongest teams to the World Championship at the end of the year.

Season 3 World Championship

1st - SK Telecom T1 - $1,000,000

2nd - Royal Club - $250,000

3rd - Najin Black Sword / Fnatic - $150,000

IEM Season VII - World Championship

1st - Cj Entus Blaze - $50,000

2nd - Cj Entus Frost - $25,000

3rd - Gambit Gaming / SK Telecom T1 - $13,500


2014

A year not a lot different from previous ones. IEM Still going strong, Faceit joined with some event of their own. Major regions held their own Riot leagues.

2014 World Championship

1st - Samsung White - $1,000,000

2nd - Star Horn Royal Club - $250,000

3rd - Samsung Blue / Oh My God - $150,000

IEM Season VIII - World Championship

1st - KT Rolster Bullets - $60,000

2nd - Fnatic - $30,000

3rd - Cloud9 / Gambit Gaming - $14,000


2015

Riot Games felt like waiting for a full year for an international event is a waste of time. So 2015 was the year they introduced MSI - Mid Season Invitational to the scene. It was a huge success and was organized every year after that. IEM Still holding on and giving viewers events.Brazil and China leagues in full force with their own region identity started popping off even more. Major regions like Euope had Challenger Series too.

2015 World Championship

1st - SK Telecom T1 - $1,000,000

2nd - KOO Tigers - $250,000

3rd - Origen / Fnatic - $150,000

Mid-Season Invitational 2015

1st - EDward Gaming - $100,000

2nd - SK Telecom T1 - $50,000

3rd - Fnatic / ahq e-Sports Club - $25,000

IEM Season IX - World Championship

1st - Team SoloMid - $108,414

2nd - Team WE - $30,000

3rd - Flash Wolves / GE Tigers - $15,000


2016

Again a year very similar to the previous one. Teams getting used to the system, the MSI, the challenger leagues. Region Identity is established fully. Korea is considered the strongest region followed by China, the rest of the world trying to close the gap. EU / NA rivalry is the most important one for the western world. Prize pool from Riot for the World Championship doubled since the previous year.

2016 World Championship

1st - SK Telecom T1 - $2,028,000

2nd - Samsung Galaxy - $760,500

3rd - ROX Tigers / H2K - $380,250

Mid-Season Invitational 2016

1st - SK Telecom T1 - $250,000

2nd - Counter Logic Gaming - $100,000

3rd - Royal Never Give Up / Flash Wolves - $50,000

IEM Season X - World Championship

1st - SK Telecom T1 - $50,000

2nd - Fnatic - $20,000

3rd - Team SoloMid / Royal Never Give Up - $10,000


2017

A lot more tournaments and leagues this year. From Rift Rivals - A new series from Riot Games. With almost every region fully running secondary leagues for their own upcoming talent. Demacia Cup in China. The esports scene absolutely blew up that year. The World Championship prize pool was a tad smaller than previous year though. Not to worry though, people noticed, next year this “bug” was fixed for sure.

2017 World Championship

1st - Samsung Galaxy - $1,723,722

2nd - SK Telecom T1 - $620,540

3rd - Royal Never Give Up / Team WE - $321,761

Mid-Season Invitational 2017

1st - SK Telecom T1 - $676,000

2nd - G2 Esports - $338,000

3rd - Flash Wolves / Team WE - $169,000

IEM Season XI - World Championship

1st - Flash Wolves - $70,000

2nd - G2 Esports - $30,000

3rd - ROX Tigers / H2K - $15,000


2018

Remember when I said that the 2017 World prize pool was a bit smaller than previous year? Well this year it was huge. Not a lot of other notable changes to the scene of the game, except one. IEM stopped hosting league of legends events. They were with the game from the very start and this was the first year they moved away from League. There were quite a few reasons I bet, scheduling the players with Riot Games, the prize pools were never that big to compete for the highest paid teams. Whatever were the reasons - IEM was no more. Secondary region championships prize pools surpassed even the world championship from a few years ago. The money, the fame League of Legends pro players had was unrivaled by any game in the whole of esports in the past.

2018 World Championship

1st - Invictus Gaming - $2,418,750

2nd - Fnatic - $870,750

3rd - G2 Esports / Cloud9 - $451,500

Mid-Season Invitational 2018

1st - Royal Never Give Up - $527,650

2nd - KING-ZONE DragonX - $267,251

3rd - Fnatic / Flash Wolves - $133,626


2019


It was quite a quiet year in 2019. The Prize pool for worlds decreased again. Riot couldn’t seem to decide what it should be so they just threw a coin and it was either 6million or 2million. Either way, the esport scene this year did have a huge change. Franchising was introduced. European LCS was rebranded to LEC. NA LCS was renamed to just LCS. The leagues had a whole more emphasis on local storylines to build up team-rivalries.

2019 World Championship

1st - FunPlus Phoenix - $834,375

2nd - G2 Esports - $300,375

3rd - Invictus Gaming / SK Telecom T1 - $155,750

Mid-Season Invitational 2019

1st - G2 Esports - $400,000

2nd - Team Liquid - $200,000

3rd - Invictus Gaming / SK Telecom T1 - $100,000


2020

The best year for esports am I right? No MSI this year, but there was a Mid Season Cup held only for China/Korea. The World Championship was also happening, Online this time. Some smaller leagues had very big trouble running their leagues. Riot ran their leagues online too, with a lot of technical difficulties to be resolved. But all in all I think Riot handled the year pretty well and delivered us quality tournaments and leagues.

2020 World Championship

1st - DAMWON Gaming - $556,250

2nd - Suning - $389,375

3rd - Top Esports / G2 Esports - $200,250

Mid-Season Cup 2020

1st - Top Esports - $240,000

2nd - FunPlus Phoenix - $120,000

3rd - JD Gaming / Gen.G Esports - $60,000


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