FunPlus Phoenix (FPX), a team from China, had the crowd cheering when they won the 2019 League of Legends World Championship finals beating the European team G2 Esports (G2). Not having lost any matches all year, the European team was bound to win the finals. But FPX was leading from the beginning and won the five-game series 3-0.
Riot Games CEO, Nicolo Laurent, described the finals as “the biggest event in the history of eSports”, with around 100 million people around the world estimated to have watched the finals.
Gao “Tian” Tian-liang was awarded the title of Most Valuable Player based on his performance.
“I did think that I did all that was required of me in the three games today, but I’m actually very surprised that I became the MVP,” Tian said in an interview after winning the title. “I often read comments in the communities when I was in China, and people often said that Tian plays like this player or that player. I think I proved myself today and showed the world what kind of player Tian is.”