“League of Legends Nordics” Established by Telia, DreamHack, and Riot Games!

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League of Legends Nordics (Image: PR)

Together with DreamHack and (one of the largest game companies in the world) Riot Games, Telia Company has established League of Legends Nordics with a national series and several international components. The extensive collaboration is scheduled to kick off this summer. The first Telia eSports Series games of League of Legends will be played in June 2020.

The current unfortunate situation being faced around the globe has impacted several sporting events. And while eSports have been impacted, too, at least, its in a (comparatively) better position due to the ability to hold certain events online.

With eSports growing globally and League of Legends continuing to be highly popular, Telia Company has teamed up with Riot Games, the company that created League of Legends, and DreamHack (the largest gaming lifestyle festival), to create a Nordic League of Legends regional competition series.

Esports is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Together with Riot Games, we want to make the Nordic countries a significant part of the global esports ecosystem and provide the players and viewers with world-class esports content and experiences. Only our imagination is the limit in our co-operation,” shared Telia Finland’s CEO Heli Partanen.

The co-operation with Riot Games makes it possible for Telia Esports Series to expand beyond Finland to Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. All countries will have their own national leagues with gamecasts always done in the native languages of each country.

According to the press release, the best two teams from the Telia-produced national leagues will progress to the Telia Masters tournament, from where the best teams will advance to the Northern League of Legends Championship (NLC). If successful, the teams can even play their way to the European league.

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Northern League of Legends Championship (Image: PR)

Riot Games already has League of Legends leagues in North America, Europe, China, and Korea. The new Nordic series will be a part of an already huge international gaming and League of Legends ecosystem.

The new competitive gaming ecosystem that we will create together with Telia and Dreamhack, will allow highly talented, competitive players from across the region to flourish on home soil. It will also create a pathway for amateur players to join the professional ranks and give League fans an opportunity to get behind the best players that the region has to offer, engaging with broadcasts and possible local events,” said Mo Fadl, Head of Publishing Nordics at Riot Games.

The inaugural season of NLC is scheduled to start in June of 2020. It will be played online with the season finals planned to be held come August 7-8 (of this year) at DreamHack Summer in Jönköping, Sweden.

Twelve of Northern Europe’s best League of Legends esports teams will participate in the NLC, including ENCE, Nordavind, Singularity, Barrage, BT Excel, Fnatic Rising and more!

You can read the full team list here.

They will be competing for a minimum of 1 million SEK per season being awarded to teams and players.

League of Legends was released back in October of 2009. It’s a multiplayer online battle arena. It has gone on to be nominated as well as win several awards. It continues to be one of the largest eSports. 

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

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