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Team SOS Wins Latest LoL Tournament

In a stunning upset victory, Team SOS triumphed over the heavily-favored Team Tryhard in the finals match of the latest League of Legends tournament hosted by Riot Games. Despite trailing behind for most of the hour-long match, SOS managed to pull together and succeed in an ambitious play in the final minutes, scoring a decisive blow against Tryhard. Bolstered by this success, SOS charged ahead to win the match.

SOS team captain John “Kyon” Smith remarked after the match that even he couldn’t believe that they won. “We considered giving up and surrendering a number of times. Each time, we decided to fight on, and it paid off. It just goes to show that, just like in sports, the match isn’t over until the fat lady sings. Well, in this case, it was more like fat guys cheering, but still, you get the picture.”

Indeed, SOS’s victory seemed to catch everyone by surprise. Immediately following the announcement of SOS’s win, fans in attendance seemed to be ready to riot. However, someone in the crowd shouted “Hey! This is e-sports, not hockey,” and the audience settled down. Online, a similar sense of confusion and outrage spread, as fans attempted to discuss the match. Dozens of topics across numerous forums asking “What happened at the end there?” were answered with “Tryhard’s coach should be fired,” “Why should we tell you? You’re only a casual player,” and “SOS cheated! They’re using modded computers!” As said by one fan, “With such heated feelings, this match is sure to be talked about for a long time, maybe even three whole days!”

In any case, as the winning team, Team SOS takes home $10 million; Team Tryhard receives $5 million for their efforts. As previously reported, this extravagant prize pool seems to be just the latest step in the apparent competition between Valve Software and Riot Games to sponsor the largest prize pool in e-sports for their respective games. Since Riot’s original announcement of the $17 million prize pool three months ago, fans of e-sports have been speculating about Valve’s response to the figure. Valve has so far remained silent on the matter.

EDIT: Since the original posting of this article six hours ago, Valve has announced another tournament of its own, set for two months from now. This new tournament boasts an outrageous $15 million for the first-place team, with $8 million going to the second-place team. Overall, Valve’s tournament will feature a total prize pool of $26 million.

EDIT: Mere hours after Valve’s announcement of its new tournament, an internal memo from Riot has been leaked. The leaked memo, although vague on details, claims that Riot’s next tournament will boast a combined prize pool of over $35 million.

EDIT: A few hours after the internal memo leak, Riot Games has responded to the supposed $30 million prize pool. A spokesman revealed that the memo is indeed legitimate, stating “E-sports is obviously gaining widespread public support. It would be selfish to not put a decent amount of money into rewarding fans. And we’re all about our fans.”

Meanwhile, Major League Gaming has announced the prize pool for their latest tournament. Set at $200,000, this prize pool is the largest ever offered by a group not affiliated with a video game design studio. An MLG spokesman remarked that they were “excited to offer such a high amount” and that they hope third-party sponsors will “continue to provide such lavish funding for these events.”

For my satire, I attempted to replicate the style of an online news article, particularly articles published on news topics as they develop. My piece exaggerates a competition between two companies vying for a larger prize pool, and thus more media attention, while normal tournaments still possess minimal funding. In doing so, I hoped to satirize the belief that e-sports is experiencing healthy growth by focusing mainly on the amount and source of funding for tournament prize pools. While this piece is not based on any particular work, it is written to resemble a casual online news article found on video game websites. As such, the overall tone is less formal than a typical news article, and bits of humor are included to retain part of the style of a blog. Most of the humor is based around likening various aspects of e-sports to negative aspects of traditional sports (rioting, blaming a team’s coach, and steroid use), with some pointed remarks aimed at e-sports (stereotype of fat video game players, elitism, and short attention spans) filling in the gaps.

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Posted November 21, 2011 by htang89 in Uncategorized

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