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China bags gold at the League of Legends event at the 2018 Asian Games

August 30, 2018 Migg Dela Cruz

Team China beat Team Korea at the League of Legends demonstration event at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.

Team China was composed of RNG’s Letme, Mlxg, Uzi, and Ming, EDward Gaming’s Meiko, and Team WE’s xiye. South Korea’s roster was made up of Afreeca Freecs’s Kiin, Kingzone’s Peanut, KT’s Score, SKT’s Faker, and Gen.G’s Ruler and CoreJJ.

Finishing third was Chinese Taipei, who beat Saudi Arabia 3-1. Saudi Arabia, along with fellow Middle Eastern and South Asian competitors Kazakhstan and Pakistan, still do not have a dedicated server for playing League of Legends. Some players play on the EUNE, EUW, and Turkish servers, struggling with high ping.

With the win, China continues their streak of international domination as they won the Mid-Season Invitational and Rift Rivals earlier this year, and the All-Stars tournament last year. For the players from RNG, their winning ways continue as they also won their domestic Spring Split, and look to ride the momentum into the Summer Split, and eventually Worlds.

League of Legends was one of the esports included in the demonstration event in this year’s Asian Games. Aside from League, popular mobile games Arena of Valor and Clash Royale were also included, as well as Hearthstone, Pro Evolution Soccer, and StarCraft 2.

Although it was just a demonstration event, esports is expected to be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games.

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