Photos: League of Legends proves e-sports have a future in Toronto after sold-out weekend
If there was any skepticism Toronto could become a pro gaming destination, they evaporated in the raucous atmosphere of the ACC Sunday night.
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A sold out stadium, merchandise lines 200 people deep, and the roaring cheers of hardcore fans.
It had all the hallmarks of a Raptors playoff game, or a Maple Leafs season opener, but Sunday night it was League of Legends – the world’s most popular video game – that filled the Air Canada Centre to bursting.
The event was the biggest competitive gaming competition to ever take place on Canadian soil, and for at least one pro player, it was a long time coming.
“It was an amazing feeling,” said Toronto native Jason "WildTurtle" Tran. “I love playing for my hometown, I always wished a tournament would happen in Toronto, and it finally did and I'm just happy to be a part of it.” The Immortals player was met with a thunderous ovation when he walked on stage draped in the Canadian flag.
"It just felt amazing, I can't even put it words."
If there was any skepticism Toronto could become a pro gaming destination, they evaporated in the raucous atmosphere of the ACC.
“We see this as the first of many such events at Air Canada Centre ,”said Wayne Zronik, Vice President of Live Entertainment at MLSE on Wednesday.
“We’ve had overwhelming interest in this weekend’s events and certainly look forward to giving e-sport fans more chances to watch their favourite teams compete against each other.”
For WildTurtle, it's about time.
“I think this is the event Toronto deserved.”
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