An incredibly exciting announcement was made on October 16. Riot Games has partnered with the AFL to announce tickets going on sale for what is being called the League of Origin series.
Teams from New Zealand, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria will compete — head to head — for their shot at the final showdown on Saturday the November 17 in Australia’s sporting capital, Melbourne.
With AFL backing as well, it feels like esports in Australia is really gaining that traction needed.
League of Origin Series
AFL General Manager for Growth, Digital & Audiences Mr Darren Birch has taken a keen interest in seeing esports grow, recognising that as times change and games are designed to be more competitive.
The AFL is excited to provide League of Legends fans the chance to see their favourite players live in action.
Margaret Court Arena is a prime location to bring together fans from across the nation and New Zealand for the League of Origin Grand Final
The crowds are gathering for what can only be described as a digital colosseum for the modern day digital gladiator, and as it grows so too does the interest from established sporting clubs.
Superstar players have been scouted and recruited, busy practising together to do their home city proud. Nothing gets fans fired up more than a rivalry so be sure to watch for the fierceness in the eyes of the competitors when New South Wales takes the stage against Victoria.
The last League of Origin series saw Victoria emerge victoriously, but can they win back to back?
No doubt the VIC squad will be eager to prove they are still the champions as they look to defend their title at their home ground. The semi-finals will be broadcast live on TwitchTV with tickets for the final at Margaret Court Arena on sale now through Ticketek.
Esports in real Arenas
Margaret Court Arena has already proven to be a fantastic venue for League of Legends finals, with Dire Wolves beating Chiefs in a close 3-2 match at the OPL Grand Finals during the spectacular Melbourne Esports Open.
Admittedly I’m a bit of a LoL feeding noob, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the teamwork coordination and skill that goes into the game.
With amazing casting talent and sensational production value, everyone from the Bronze newbie to the shiniest Diamond and beyond can enjoy the action at the upcoming League of Origin. Be sure to grab your tickets soon as League of Origin is set to be a sold-out event.
Scream for your team as your state’s summoners prepare to do battle.