Article published on Sunday, April 10th, 2011
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You’ve patiently waited for this day since we first announced Season One during the summer of 2010.

Throughout the course of Season One our community has grown tremendously, and there have been many new additions to the game: draft mode, ranked games, ladders, Co-op vs. AI, and 18 new champions released to date.

We’ve also seen our competitive scene explode with the selection of League of Legends in hallowed eSports tournaments such the World Cyber Games, the Electronic Sports League Major Series, and the Intel Extreme Master Season 5 Finals. In addition to these selections, we’ve launched the Season One Circuit which have certified nearly 50 professional tournaments, supported dozens of community run tournaments, witnessed weekly cups featuring over 2000 competitors, and watched weekend tournament streams that have supported nearly 150,000 unique viewers.

It’s time to put Season One to rest… but not before we determine the best League of Legends team in the world and award over $100,000 in cash prizes! To do this, we’ll conclude the Season One Circuit on Monday, May 2nd and shortly afterwards determine the top teams from each region. After that we’ll fly the top eight teams from around the globe to Dreamhack Summer in Jönköping, Sweden, where they will compete over the course of 3 days – from June 18th to June 20th – until only one team remains. The Season One Championship will mark the official end to Season One and will be followed by an off season.

League of Legends Season One Championship @ Dreamhack Summer 2011
Date: June 18-21; Championship on June 20
Place: Jönköping, Sweden @ Elmia Convention Center
Participants: 8 of the top League of Legends teams from around the world. (3 European, 3 North American, 2 South East Asia teams)
Stakes: $100,000 in cash

For our summoners that haven’t heard of Dreamhack, it is the world’s largest digital festival and holds the official record as the world’s largest LAN party in the Guinness Book of Records. DreamHack Summer is a four-day, 24/7, all-ages event for gamers, but with activities for everyone. DreamHack is also a recognized eSports destination, with an extensive schedule of tournaments for gamers of all skill levels – from casual to professional – and noteworthy cash prizes for winners.

We also want to make sure that we bring every moment of the tournament directly to our players and fans. We’re going to make sure that the live stream viewing experience is amazing for every exhilarating match. Over 140,000 viewers streamed the Intel Extreme Masters exhibition matches, and we can’t wait to see how many people tune in for the Championship! So spread the word!