It is that time of the week again. In this article we will shine a light on the interesting things that happened in the world of eSports this past week, so that you can impress your colleagues with all the interesting things that are going on in the world of eSports. With this week attention for one of the biggest eSports tournaments in the world, new sponsors for the Dutch E-Division and the Finnish military will treat eAthletes the same as traditional sport athletes.
League of Legends World Championship 2017
Maybe you already read about it on our Twitter but on the 5th of October the group stages started of the 2017 League of Legends World Championship. From all over the world 24 teams participated in this event that takes place in China until the 4th of November. The winner of the tournament will win around 4 and a half million euro and can call themselves the best League of Legends players in the world.
League of Legends is the most played game in the world. Last year Riot Games announced that there are more than a hundred million accounts that log in every month. This success also leads to the millions of viewers watching the World Championship.
E-Divison announces new sponsors
The second season of E-Division will start at 12 October. This year it will have 5 brand new sponsors next to an extended deal with Ziggo the e-division will now also work with KPN, MediaMarkt, PayPal and 538.
The E-Division is a division that is all about Fifa, 18 football clubs in the Netherlands have an eAthlete that will represent that Football club in the e-division. The new sponsors see how important it is to be involved with eSports. There isn’t a single European countrywhere eSports grows so fast as it does in the Netherlands. At this moment there are more than 1.4 million eSports fan in the Netherlands. Tomorrow (12 October) marks the start of the new season where 18 clubs will decide in 34 play rounds who will be the champion of the Netherlands. The games of the first season were watched around 5 million times.
Esports pros will get special privileges in Finland’s military
eSports pros in the Finnish military are going to start getting the same privileges that traditional sports athletes do. In Finland it is obligatory for men to enter the military service for roughly 6 months or a year before they’re 30. Top-level athletes are given special privileges, including extra time off and special training. Those same privileges are going to be given to eAthletes now, thanks to the Finnish eSports Federation.
Just like traditional sports athletes, eSport athletes need to keep practicing and competing year-round or else they’ll fall behind their peers and lose out on big opportunities. Athletes in the Finnish military attend a specific sports school which allows people to continue training for their respective sport and gives people extra time off for practicing and competing.