I have to confess something. This is Mr. Jakob, from Olympus Boarding House. And I should elaborate that my secret identity on this blog as the equally fabulous and beloved Mr. Xavier, is simply a mistake of computing and not the subject of my confession.
My confession lies within my intense ignorance of League of Legends. Massive, Multiplayer Online Extravaganza featuring PVP gameplay informed by strategy and intense combat involving the selection and optimisation of hundreds of unique playable heroes and villains. It’s big. It’s popular. And it’s played competitively to an international degree.
And over this weekend, I was lucky enough to accompany some passionate fans to the live-streaming of the World Championship Finals this weekend at the Balexert Pathé cinemaplex. And I have to tell you that I had no idea what was going on. But the enthusiasm of Ivan, Gary, Richard, Alexandre and Imanali was enough to tell me that this was a big deal. Underdog heroes Edward Gaming International vs. Reigning Champions Damwon Kia. An intense match ending in the champions being knocked from their thrones and down into an early retirement, leaving the stage clear for our new reigning champions. Maybe I still don’t exactly understand who Jinx is or what ‘Poking’ is, but hot damn do I feel the passion that so many have for a sport that’s all Greek to me. But then again, it’s far from about me. It’s about the wonderful time our boys had yelling at the top of their lungs in a crowded cinema filled with people as passionate as them watching an intense moment in e-sports history.
Here they are, along with some other fans from Villa du Lac and Concha who were just as excited to be there.
Till next year.
All the best from Olympus Boarding House.