The argument over whether or not competitive gaming is a sport is over. Once you’re on DraftKings, you’ve made it. That ridiculous onslaught of ads you see every time you watch ESPN? They may soon include League of Legends. I’ll admit, DraftKings’ brute-force advertising worked on me. I went ahead and threw $100 at it. And hey, it even made me tune into some baseball games.
DraftKings is diving into eSports, and their first game is League of Legends. Here’s a video explaining how you will select your League of Legends fantasy lineup. I’ll also explain it for those who can’t watch the video for whatever reason.
League of Legends will work just like any other DraftKings tournament. You’ll have a set salary to draft players with. For League of Legends, the positions are different. You’ll pick a Top Laner, Jungler, Mid Laner, AD Carry, Support, two flex players (any of the five positions) and a team.
Players will gain points for kills (+3), assists (+2), objectives (+1) and more.
When can you start throwing money on League of Legends tournaments? DraftKings will launch its League of Legends tournaments at the start of the League of Legends World Championship next month.
I guess that recent $300 million in funding wasn’t just for the absurd advertising blitz. Seriously DraftKings, we know you exist. And we know the odds of winning millions are the same as the Powerball.
Are the floodgates about to open?
eSports is growing. There’s no denying it. Huge companies like Redbull sponsor several players. Just last month, five gamers earned seven figures at one tournament. Some companies, like Vulcun, have already set up Fantasy eSports. But they are instantly overshadowed now that DraftKings is jumping in.
If League of Legends Fantasy tournaments is a success, look for DraftKings to expand quickly into several other games. In a blog post announcing eSports Fantasy tournaments, DraftKings hints at several other games with large followings in the eSports community.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the obvious pick for the next title to move into. That or DOTA 2. The DraftKings post also highlights Smite, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, and Street Fighter. Hell, all of these games make sense. Smite is smaller than DOTA 2 and League of Legends, but they have an extremely dedicated community.
As for Call of Duty? They don’t outright mention the game, but they do talk about how independent professional league organizations like Major League Gaming and Electronic Sports League are helping support eSports.
It’ll be interesting, that’s for sure.
Do you play DraftKings at all? Are you interested in them jumping into eSports? Hell, I watched the Indiana and Western Kentucky game over the weekend. Before DraftKings, there’s no way I would do that. The same will probably happen with League of Legends…