Part of ESL’s worldwide series, teams compete across the world with a championship culminating in Katowice, Poland next March. It won't be peanuts they win either: The purse for the ESL World Championship will be $200,000. The purse in San Jose this last weekend was $20,000.
For League of Legends, opposing teams sit on the same stage, and the crowd is allowed—in fact, encouraged—to cheer their team. Let’s just say this is no tennis or golf match. Because of the noise factor, players wear headsets to muffle outside noise and communicate using VoIP.