A team from HKEsports, a Hong Kong firm that aims to promote e-sports video gaming, has made it to the League of Legends 2017 World Championship.
The team, Hong Kong Attitude (HKA), has come off this year’s League of Legends Master Series (LMS), the professional league for teams from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, as a third seed to proceed to the League of Legends World Championship to be held in China between September and November.
League of Legends (LoL) is a video game developed and published by US-based Riot Games. Released in 2009, the multiplayer online battle arena game embraces versatile elements such as high fantasy, steampunk and folklore.
Riot Games organizes two professional League of Legends eSports leagues every year, which attract millions of unique viewers online.
Five major players — three Hongkongers with game IDs “GodKwai”, “Kai Wing” and “Unified”, a Taiwanese who bears the identity “M1ssion”, and a South Korean named “Riris” — are in the HKA team, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
In this June’s summer season of the LMS, the team, which lost four out of six matches, scored the lowest in the annual rankings, and was considered unlikely to progress.
HKA then decided to appoint Martin Wong (“Tabe”) as the team coach, a move that yielded good results.
Team HKA’s significant improvement since July led to their triumph over a strong J Team, previously known as Taipei Assassins, and another rival Raise Gaming, founded by former HKEsports player “Toyz”, helping the Hong Kong squad to qualify for this year’s League of Legends international tournament.
The qualification for the world championship has thrilled HKEsports’s founder and chief executive Derek Cheung, who shouted “finally got it” upon hearing the exciting news.
The HKA team, together with Taiwan’s Flash Wolves and ahq e-Sports Club as first and second seeds respectively, will enter the world championship that will kick off in Wuhan, China on Sept. 23.
The world championship will be composed of Play-In and Group stages. The finals will be concluded in Beijing on Nov. 4.
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