The Brazilian team INTZ will be at the finals of the International Wild Card Invitational, the International League of Legends tournament held in Turkey worth a spot for the Mid Season Invitational championship that will bring together leading teams in the world, in early May in Florida. The classifying match happened this Friday, April 25th, with a victory of 3-1 against the Russians from Hard Random.
The other team qualified for the final will come out of the dispute between the Turkish team Besiktas and the Titans Bangkok, Thailand, in best of five still held on Friday. The final match of the International Wild Card Invitational will be held at the Volkswagen Arena in Istanbul, with a capacity of 4000 spectators. The game will be broadcast in Portuguese on the Riot Games channels for Brazil Twitch and the League of Legends Brazil channel on YouTube.
In the qualifying round, the INTZ ranked third, with four wins and two losses behind Bangkok Titans and Hard Random. The local team Besiktas took fourth with three wins and three losses.
League of Legends: an eSports sensation
League of Legends continues to be a great success in the video game market, especially in Brazil. Besides confirming that the title by Riot Games has nearly twice as many players as DotA 2, a recent EEDAR survey also found a very interesting estimate for next year: the title will rule approximately two thirds of the MOBA market in 2016.
According to estimates, League of Legends will have earned 66% of its kind in the next year, followed by DotA 2 rival with only 14% of the market share. Third will be Heroes of the Storm with 7%, and, soon after, Smite 2.5%. Other titles also appear, like Infinite Crisis and Strife.
Such success makes many think what are the elements that made League of Legends position itself so prominently in the genre. Its gentle learning curve was one of the highlights of the analysis, but the competitive engagement is also another aspect that makes it a real eSports fever around the world.