Michigan State University’s League of Legends virtual-sports team ranks among the best in the college. The team is eyeing to win the Big Ten and national championships in 2019-20.
In the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, a Michigan State team is working out the strategy to win their next championship. The team huddles in a faintly lit room with all the eyes glued to the LED monitor for hours together, engrossed in playing League of Legends.
What is special about League of Legends is that it is a free online multiplayer game that engages teams against each other. The game is about a decade old and is one of the coveted titles till date.
Joe Riebschleger, a student with political science major at MSU, says
I got into League by watching some Rooster Teeth videos, it’s a company that plays mainly video games and they played League of Legends once and I thought it was an interesting game, so I tried it and I was instantly hooked on it. I’ve played ever since for another six years or so.
Tournaments are held online, where teams from all across the globe participate. The game is so serious and the title so popular that there are salaried experts who compete for millions.
The Big Ten extended their partnership with the developers of League of Legends, Riot Games, for the 2018-2019 season. Fourteen Big Ten schools will take part in the competition, among which only the top eight will make it to the Big Ten playoffs. Again there is a face-off between the winner and first runner-up for an appearance in the Collegiate League of Legends Championship (CLOL).
It’s awesome to see something like Big Ten get involved in e-sports, they’ve had a contract with Riot and its really cool to see that relationship still going strong and seeing that interest to promote the e-sports world,
said Ryan Felton, president and manager of Michigan State League of Legends.