Just the other day, Riot Games announced that League of Legends was to become a sanctioned sport within Unigames, Australia’s largest multi-sport event series for University students.
The Regional and Australian University Games attracts more than 15,000 student-athletes from tertiary institutions across Australia and feature 39 sports, one of which is now our very own League of Legends.
Daniel Ringland, Head of esports at Riot Games Oceania stated in the announcement that:
“This is an exciting time for League of Legends players as esports becomes more widely recognised as a competitive sport. We can’t wait to see university teams across Oceania compete and show off their skills,”
His excitement is shared by Don Knapp, the CEO of Australian University Sport:
“The student engagement opportunities that result from the rapidly increasing popularity of esports across campuses in Australia has certainly grabbed our attention. Australian University Sport is keen to promote student experience through the League of Legends platform as yet another means of expanding our reach to broader campus communities,”
This is a huge step forward for Australia in terms of acknowledging esports as a legitimate sporting industry.
You can find out more about it and finding a club near you by clicking this link.