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The first ever Chinese League of Legends Champions Invictus Gaming showcased just why they were the first to do so, by taking out fellow Chinese eSports team JD Gaming in the finals of the League of Legends Pro League 2019 Spring Split, winning convincingly 3-0.
It brought to an end what was a fairytale story for JD Gaming, who’s path to the final has been referred to as a “Cinderella story” up to this point, but ultimately they fell short to Invictus Gaming’s prowess, who had not looked as convincing in their performances as usual before taking the top prize in the LPL.
It was also an important showcase of the growing influence of eSports in China, with the LPL Spring Split tournament having from row seats in the finals in Guangdong being worth 4,000RMB, which is around $600. What’s more, it looks as if China is going to steam ahead of the United States as the eSports country with the highest earnings, and the region also recently recognised titles such as eSports Operator and eSports Professional as formal professions.
From here, Invictus will move on to the Mid-Season Invitational next month, where they will have some impressive competition waiting for them, in the form of SKT from Korea, Team Liquid from the Netherlands, and G2 from Spain.