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The League Finals Are Playing Out On Top Of A Giant Projection

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The Staples Center in L.A. is home to the Lakers, Kings, and a number of other teams. It’s also where the championship finals for League of Legends are being held this year. Even though the game plays out on a digital map stored in cyberspace, the organizers behind the event clearly felt the teams needed to be playing on a stage that would properly communicate how epic ten people frantically clicking their mouses in front of computer screens could be.

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As you can see from the above image, teams are located at opposite ends of the arena, separated by massive projections that reflect what’s going on in the game, like who’s winning and who’s dying.

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Currently, the series between SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Gaming sits two games in the former’s favor. SKT was always favored to win, but game two was quick enough to make it look like things are going to easy for the former world champions.

SSG will have one last chance to try and pull something out, with a third game going to SKT spelling an end to the best-of-five series. But whether you’re an SKT fan excited for them to make League history by winning a third Worlds, or in SSG’s corner nervously chewing through your face, we can all come together in appreciating the completely ludicrous digital excess of esport pageantry.

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Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com

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It’s production value like this that makes me love esports. The local feeling of a small lan is nice, but a huge main stage at a well known venue with awesome effects really makes a tournament seem big and important.

Valve did a similar thing at TI5 & 6 except they used LEDs in the floor rather than projection to achieve a similar effect. They also added in augmented reality hero’s for the ban/pick phase for TI6, as well as the after match recaps, that were pretty neat. I’d post a video but almost everything is ingame footage with none of the stage shots except for the ban/pick phase.