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League of Legends European Championship
European League of Legends Championship Series.png
SportLeague of Legends
Founded2013 (EU LCS)
2019 (rebranded to LEC)
Owner(s)Riot Games
DirectorJohn Needham ("Global Head of League of Legends Esports")
No. of teams8 (2013–2014)
10 (2015–present)
ContinentEurope
Most recent
champion(s)
G2 Esports (6th title)
Most titlesFnatic (7 titles)
International cup(s)Mid Season Invitational
World Championship
Related
competitions
LCS
LCK
LMS
LPL
Official websiteeu.lolesports.com/en/lec/

The League of Legends European Championship (LEC), previously known as the European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS), is the name of the professional League of Legends esports league run by Riot Games, in which ten teams compete. Each annual season of play is divided into two splits, spring and summer, both consisting of nine weeks of round-robin tournament play, which then conclude with play-off tournaments between the top six teams. At the end of the season, the winner of the summer split, the team with the most championship points, and the winner of the gauntlet tournament qualify for the annual League of Legends World Championship. The LEC represents the highest level of League of Legends play in Europe.

With the exception of some touring events, all games of the LEC are played live at Riot Games' studio in Adlershof, Berlin, Germany. In addition to a small studio audience, all games are streamed live in several languages on Twitch, YouTube and Azubu, with broadcasts regularly attracting over 300,000 viewers.[1]

The popularity and success of the LEC has attracted significant media attention. On 30 September 2016, the French Senate unanimously adopted the last version of the Numeric Law, significantly improving the visa process for LEC players and esports athletes in general, giving a legal frame to esports contracts, introducing mechanisms to ensure payment of cash prizes, specifying rights for minor esport athletes, and more.[2] A few months before, France also introduced a new esports federation, "France Esports", which has the duty to be a representative body of esports towards the government and serve as a "partner of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee for all matters relating to the recognition of electronic sports as sport in itself".[3] Spain did the same in November 2016, creating the Spanish Federation of Video Games and Esports Spanish Federation of Video Games and Esports.[4][5] The LEC has attracted sponsorships from Acer[6] Coca-Cola[7] and American Express.[8]

Fnatic is the only team remaining that has played in every split since the 2013 Spring Split.

History[edit]

Riot Games launched League of Legends in October 2009 and rapidly attracted[9] attention from the competitive gaming community. The first two seasons of competitive play consisted of a series of tournaments mostly organised by third parties, such as Intel Extreme Masters in Europe, capped by a world championship tournament hosted by Riot Games.[10]

Riot Games announced the formation of the LCS on 6 August 2012,[11] creating a fully professional league run by the company with a regular schedule and guaranteed salaries for players, featuring eight teams. Since the LCS was only launched in the third year of professional play, it was immediately dubbed "Season 3". The top three finishers in the Riot Games European regional championships held in August 2012 automatically qualified, with the remaining five teams being decided in qualifier tournaments held in January 2013. Each LCS season is divided into two splits for spring and summer; the first games of the first spring split took place on 7 February 2013 in North America and on 9 February 2013 in Europe.

Season 3 of the LCS finished with the top three finishers Fnatic, Lemondogs, and Gambit Gaming. The top three teams advanced to the Season 3 World Championships.

Riot Games changed naming conventions in 2014, calling the season the "2014 Season" instead of "Season 4". The League of Legends Challenger Series was created as a second tier of competition for promotion and relegation.[12]

At the end of the 2014 season, an expansion tournament was held in Europe that added two teams in region, giving the LCS a total of 10 teams for the start of the 2015 Season.[13] Additionally, Riot introduced the concept of "Championship points", which teams would earn based on performance across both splits and playoffs in order to qualify for the League of Legends World Championship.[14]

A new sale of sponsorship rule was instated for the 2015 season. As a result, several teams were forced to rebrand and leave their respective parent organisations.

The 2015 Summer European LCS Finals were played at Hovet Arena, Stockholm. The series ended with Fnatic winning 3-2 over Origen and peaked at close to 1 million concurrent viewers on Twitch, YouTube, and Azubu - the highest number of viewers for any LCS match to date.

The 2016 Spring European LCS finals were held at Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, with G2 winning 3–1 against Origen, making it their first LCS title. The 2016 Spring European LCS split was the first time G2 played in the professional LCS after having been promoted due to winning the European Challenger Series and European Promotion Tournament in Summer 2016.

The 2016 Summer European LCS finals were played at the Tauron Arena in Kraków, Poland. G2 won 3–1 against Splyce and secured their second LCS title. Splyce would later win the 2016 Summer European Gauntlet and qualify for Worlds as the third-seeded European team.

The 2017 Spring European LCS finals were held at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, where G2 won 3–1 against Unicorns of Love, securing their third LCS title and qualifying for the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), an annually-held international League of Legends competition. G2 placed second at the MSI 2017, losing 1-3 to SKT T1, the Korean representatives, in the finals. The Summer Split LCS finals took place in Paris at the AccorHotel Arena[15], where G2 Esports won 3-0 against Misfits Gaming. In the League of Legends World Championship

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In 2019, the name changed from "Europe League Championship Series" (EU LCS) to "League of Legends European Championship" (LEC).[16]

Year Split Champion Runner-up Third Fourth Qualified for WC
Seed 1 Seed 2 Seed 3
2013 Spring Fnatic Gambit Gaming Evil Geniuses SK Gaming Fnatic Lemondogs Gambit Gaming
Summer Fnatic Lemondogs Gambit Gaming Evil Geniuses
2014 Spring Fnatic SK Gaming Roccat Alliance Alliance Fnatic SK Gaming
Summer Alliance Fnatic SK Gaming Roccat
2015 Spring Fnatic Unicorns of Love H2K SK Gaming Fnatic H2K Origen
Summer Fnatic Origen H2K Unicorns of Love
2016 Spring G2 Esports Origen Fnatic H2K G2 Esports H2K Splyce
Summer G2 Esports Splyce H2K Unicorns of Love
2017 Spring G2 Esports Unicorns of Love Fnatic Misfits Gaming G2 Esports Misfits Gaming Fnatic
Summer G2 Esports Misfits Gaming Fnatic H2K
2018 Spring Fnatic G2 Esports Splyce Team Vitality Fnatic Team Vitality G2 Esports
Summer Fnatic Schalke 04 Team Vitality Misfits Gaming
2019 Spring G2 Esports Origen Fnatic Splyce G2 Esports Fnatic Splyce
Summer G2 Esports Fnatic Schalke 04 Rogue

Broadcast Talent[edit]

ID Name Role
Quickshot South Africa Trevor Henry Play-by-Play Caster
Medic United Kingdom Aaron Chamberlain
Drakos United States Daniel Drakos
Froskurinn United States Indiana Black Color Caster
Ender United States Christy Frierson
Foxdrop United Kingdom Dan Wyatt
Vedius United Kingdom Andrew Day
Sjokz Belgium Eefje Depoortere Analysis Host
Bulii France Laure Valée Interviewer

Media coverage[edit]

The LCS primarily reaches its viewers through online streaming using its own channels on Twitch and YouTube. On Twitch alone, viewership numbers regularly exceed 200,000 for regular season play,[17] and the games have drawn over 1.7 million unique visitors.[18] However, Riot Games CEO Brandon Beck stated in 2012 that there were no immediate plans to try to bring the LCS to traditional TV, and news coverage of the regular season is generally limited to dedicated electronic sports news sites, such as CBS Interactive's onGamers.[19]

The scale and popularity of the LCS itself, however, has attracted considerable media attention,[20] particularly around some events that legitimised the LCS as a serious competition.

Format[edit]

As of 2019, 10 teams in Europe, selected through franchising, compete in the LEC. Each season is divided into two splits. The regular season of each split consists of 9 weeks of play, in which each team plays each other twice, for a total of 18 games each. At the conclusion of each split, a playoff consisting of the top 6 teams from the regular season is played to determine the final standings.

The current playoff format introduced in 2019 consists of 4 rounds. In round 1, the third seed chooses to face either the fifth or sixth seed and the fourth seed faces the remaining team. The winners of these matches then play each other in round 2, and the winner of this match advances to the round 3. In round 3, the first and second seeds play against each other in a "juggernaut" match. The winner of this match advances directly to the final round; the loser faces the winner of round 2 in a "decider" match, and the winner of this decider match advances to the final.

Each split's playoffs award cash prizes and Championship Points, which are used to determine qualification into the annual League of Legends World Championship. The winner of the summer split automatically qualifies as Europe's first seed, while the next four teams ranked by Championship Point total play the Regional Qualifier Tournament to determine the two additional seeds for the World Championship.

Overview[edit]

  • 10 teams participate.
  • Each team plays 18 matches:
    • Using a Double Round Robin format.
    • Each match is a best of one.
  • The top 6 teams qualifies to the playoffs.
  • Official 2019 Season LEC Rulebook

Teams[edit]

Teams First appearance in LCS Starting Rosters Coach
Top Jungle Mid Bot Support
Fnatic Spring 2013 Belgium Bwipo Poland Selfmade
United Kingdom Dan
Slovenia Nemesis Sweden Rekkles Bulgaria Hylissang Spain Mithy
SK Gaming Spring 2013 Croatia Sacre South Korea Trick Germany Jenax Slovenia Crownshot Croatia LIMIT Bulgaria Unlimited
Origen Summer 2015 United Kingdom Alphari Romania Xerxe Norway Nukeduck Germany Upset Australia Destiny Portugal Guilhoto
G2 Esports Spring 2016 Denmark Wunder Poland Jankos Croatia Perkz Denmark Caps Slovenia Mikyx Germany GrabbZ
Team Vitality Spring 2016 France Cabochard France Skeanz Serbia Milica Greece Comp Poland Jactroll France Duke
Schalke 04 Summer 2016 Romania Odoamne Germany Gilius Germany Abbedagge Greece FORG1VEN South Korea Dreams Canada Dylan Falco
Misfits Gaming Spring 2017 Netherlands Dan Dan Spain Razork Netherlands Febiven South Korea Bvoy Czech Republic denyk Spain Jandro
Excel Esports Spring 2019 South Korea Expect United Kingdom Caedrel South Korea Mickey Czech Republic Patrik Norway Tore
United Kingdom kaSing
Netherlands YoungBuck
Rogue Spring 2019 Sweden Finn Poland Inspired Sweden Larssen France Hans Sama
Poland Woolite
Poland Vander United Kingdom fredy122
MAD Lions Spring 2020 Romania Orome Italy Shadow Czech Republic Humanoid Czech Republic Carzzy Germany Gistick United Kingdom Mac


Past seasons[edit]

2013 Spring Split[edit]

Regular Season
Place Team Record
1. Fnatic 22 : 6
2. Gambit Gaming 21 : 7
3. SK Gaming 17 : 11
4. Evil Geniuses 15 : 13
5. Copenhagen Wolves 13 : 15
6. against All authority 10 : 18
7. Giants Gaming 8 : 20
8. DragonBorns 6 : 22
Playoff results
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. Fnatic 50,000 €
2. Gambit Gaming 25,000 €
3. Evil Geniuses 15,000 €
4. SK Gaming 10,000 €
5./6. Copenhagen Wolves Defended spot in the LCS; Team changed to Ninjas in Pyjamas
against All authority Lost LCS spot to Lemondogs
7./8. Giants Gaming Lost LCS spot to Team Alternate
DragonBorns Lost LCS spot to MeetYourMakers

2013 Summer Split[edit]

Regular Season
Place Team Record
1. Lemondogs 18 : 10
2. Fnatic 15 : 13
3. Evil Geniuses 15 : 13
4. Gambit Gaming 15 : 13
5. Ninjas in Pyjamas 15 : 13
6. Team Alternate 13 : 15
7. SK Gaming 13 : 15
8. MeetYourMakers 08 : 20
Playoffs results
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. Fnatic 50,000 €, qualified for Worlds
2. Lemondogs 25,000 €, qualified for Worlds, disqualified for the LCS 2014[*]
3. Gambit Gaming 15,000 €, qualified for Worlds
4. Evil Geniuses 10,000 €, Alliance gets LCS spot
5. Team Alternate Team changes to Millenium
6. Ninjas in Pyjamas Lost LCS spot to Team Roccat
7./8. SK Gaming Defended LCS Spot
MeetYourMakers Lost LCS spot to Copenhagen Wolves

[*] After the previous lineup of Lemondogs left the organisation after Worlds and were not replaced in time, the LCS spot was played for between the three teams that had previously lost their relegation games: (MeetYourMakers, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Supa Hot Crew). Supa Hot Crew won the spot in the end.[21]

2014 Spring Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season
Place Team Record
1. SK Gaming 18 : 10
2. Fnatic 17 : 11
3. Alliance 16 : 12
4. Team ROCCAT 15 : 13
5. Gambit Gaming 14 : 14
6. Copenhagen Wolves 13 : 15
7. Supa Hot Crew 10 : 18
8. Millenium 09 : 19
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. Fnatic 50,000 €, qualified for All Star Tournament
2. SK Gaming 25,000 €
3. Team ROCCAT 15,000 €
4. Alliance 10,000 €
5. Gambit Gaming
6. Copenhagen Wolves Defended LCS Spot
7./8. SUPA HOT CREW Defended LCS Spot
Millenium Defended LCS Spot

2014 Summer Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season
Place Team Record
1. Alliance 21 : 7
2. Fnatic 19 : 9
3. SUPA HOT CREW 16 : 12
4. SK Gaming 15 : 13
5. Millenium 13 : 15
6. Team ROCCAT 12 : 16
7. Gambit Gaming 8 : 20
8. Copenhagen Wolves 08 : 20
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. Alliance 50,000 €, qualified for Worlds, re-branded as Elements
2. Fnatic 25,000 €, qualified for Worlds
3. SK Gaming 15,000 €, qualified for Worlds
4. Team ROCCAT 10,000 €
5. SUPA HOT CREW acquired by MeetYourMakers
6. Millenium disbands in December 2014
7./8. Gambit Gaming
Copenhagen Wolves

2015 Spring Split[edit]

Due to a format change the total teams competing in the 2015 Spring Split increased from 8 to 10.

Results after Regular Season
Place Team Record
1. SK Gaming 15 : 3
2. Fnatic 13 : 5
3. H2k-Gaming 12 : 6
4. Gambit Gaming 10 : 8
5. Unicorns of Love 9 : 9
6. Copenhagen Wolves 8 : 10
7. Elements 7 : 11
8. Team ROCCAT 6 : 12
9. Giants Gaming 5 : 13
10. MeetYourMakers 5 : 13
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. Fnatic 50,000 €, 90 Championship Points
2. Unicorns of Love 25,000 €, 70 Championship Points
3. H2K-Gaming 15,000 €, 50 Championship Points
4. SK Gaming 10,000 €, 30 Championship Points
5./6. Copenhagen Wolves 10 Championship Points
Gambit Gaming 10 Championship Points
7. Elements
8./9./10. Team ROCCAT Defended LCS Spot
Giants Gaming Defended LCS Spot
MeetYourMakers Lost LCS Spot to Origen

2015 Summer Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season
Place Team Record
1. Fnatic 18 : 0
2. Origen 12 : 6
3. H2k-Gaming 11 : 7
4. Unicorns of Love 9 : 9
5. Team ROCCAT 8 : 10
6. Giants Gaming 8 : 10
7. Elements 7 : 11
8. Gambit Gaming 7 : 11
9. SK Gaming 6 : 12
10. Copenhagen Wolves 4 : 14
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. Fnatic 50,000 €, qualified for Worlds
2. Origen 25,000 €, 90 Championship Points
3. H2K-Gaming 15,000 €, 70 Championship Points
4. Unicorns of Love 10,000 €, 40 Championship Points
5./6. Giants Gaming 20 Championship Points
Team ROCCAT 20 Championship Points
7. Elements
8./9./10. Gambit Gaming Lost LCS Spot to Team Vitality
SK Gaming Lost LCS Spot to G2 Esports
Copenhagen Wolves Lost LCS Spot to Splyce

2016 Spring Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season
Place Team Record
1. G2 Esports 15 : 3
2. H2k-Gaming 14 : 4
3. Team Vitality 13 : 5
4. Origen 11 : 7
5. Fnatic 8 : 10
6. Unicorns of Love 10 : 8
7. Elements 6 : 12
8. Splyce 5 : 13
9. Team ROCCAT 4 : 14
10. Giants Gaming 3 : 15
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. G2 Esports 50,000 €, 90 Championship Points
2. Origen 25,000 €, 70 Championship Points
3. Fnatic 15,000 €, 50 Championship Points
4. H2k-Gaming 10,000 €, 30 Championship Points
5./6. Team Vitality 10 Championship Points
Unicorns of Love 10 Championship Points
7. Elements acquired by FC Schalke 04 Esports
8./9./10. Splyce Defended LCS Spot
Team ROCCAT Defended LCS Spot
Giants Gaming Defended LCS Spot

2016 Summer Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season
Place Team Record
1. G2 Esports 10 : 8 : 0
2. Splyce 9 : 6 : 3
3. Giants Gaming 8 : 3 : 7
4. H2k-Gaming 7 : 6 : 5
5. Fnatic 7 : 6 : 5
6. Unicorns of Love 6 : 5 : 7
7. Team Vitality 3 : 9 : 6
8. FC Schalke 04 Esports 3 : 9 : 6
9. Origen 2 : 8 : 8
10. Team ROCCAT 2 : 6 : 10
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. G2 Esports 50,000 €, qualified for Worlds
2. Splyce 25,000 €, 90 Championship Points
3. H2K-Gaming 15,000 €, 70 Championship Points
4. Unicorns of Love 10,000 €, 40 Championship Points
5./6. Giants Gaming 20 Championship Points
Fnatic 20 Championship Points
7. Team Vitality
8./9./10. FC Schalke 04 Esports Lost LCS Spot to Misfits Gaming
Origen Defended LCS Spot
Team ROCCAT Defended LCS Spot

2017 Spring Split[edit]

The 2017 Spring Split Regular Season has been divided into two groups.

Results after Regular Season Group A
Place Team Record
1. G2 Esports 12 : 1
2. Misfits Gaming 8 : 5
3. Fnatic 6 : 7
4. Team ROCCAT 6 : 7
5. Giants Gaming 2 : 11
Results after Regular Season Group B
Place Team Record
1. Unicorns of Love 11 : 2
2. H2k-Gaming 8 : 5
3. Splyce 7 : 6
4. Team Vitality 3 : 10
5. Origen 0 : 13
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. G2 Esports 80,000 €, 90 Championship Points
2. Unicorns of Love 50,000 €, 70 Championship Points
3. Fnatic 30,000 €, 50 Championship Points
4. Misfits Gaming 20,000 €, 30 Championship Points
5./6. Splyce 10,000 €, 10 Championship Points
H2k-Gaming 10,000 €, 10 Championship Points
7./8. Team ROCCAT
Team Vitality
9./10. Giants Gaming Lost LCS Spot to Ninjas in Pyjamas
Origen Lost LCS Spot to Mysterious Monkeys

2017 Summer Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season Group A
Place Team Record
1. Fnatic 11 : 2
2. G2 Esports 8 : 5
3. Misfits Gaming 6 : 7
4. Team ROCCAT 5 : 8
5. Ninjas in Pyjamas 2 : 11
Results after Regular Season Group B
Place Team Record
1. H2k-Gaming 9 : 4
2. Unicorns of Love 9 : 4
3. Splyce 8 : 5
4. Team Vitality 5 : 8
5. Mysterious Monkeys 2 : 11
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. G2 Esports 80,000 €, qualified for Worlds
2. Misfits Gaming 50,000 €, 90 Championship Points
3. Fnatic 30,000 €, 70 Championship Points
4. H2k-Gaming 20,000 €, 40 Championship Points
5./6. Unicorns of Love 10,000 €, 20 Championship Points
Splyce 10,000 €, 20 Championship Points
7./8. Team ROCCAT
Team Vitality
9./10. Ninjas in Pyjamas Lost LCS Spot to FC Schalke 04 Esports
Mysterious Monkeys Lost LCS Spot to Giants Gaming

2018 Spring Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season Group
Place Team Record
1. Fnatic 14 : 4
2. G2 Esports 11 : 7
3. Splyce 11 : 7
4. Team Vitality 10 : 8
5. H2k-Gaming 8 : 10
6. Team ROCCAT 8 : 10
7. Misfits Gaming 8 : 10
8. FC Schalke 04 Esports 7 : 11
9. Giants Gaming 7 : 11
10. Unicorns of Love 6 : 12
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. Fnatic 80,000 €, 90 Championship Points
2. G2 Esports 50,000 €, 70 Championship Points
3. Splyce 30,000 €, 50 Championship Points
4. Team Vitality 20,000 €, 30 Championship Points
5./6. Team ROCCAT 10,000 €, 10 Championship Points
H2k-Gaming 10,000 €, 10 Championship Points
7. Misfits Gaming
8. FC Schalke 04 Esports
9. Giants Gaming
10. Unicorns of Love

2018 Summer Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season Group
Place Team Record
1. Fnatic 13 : 5
2. Team Vitality 12 : 6
3. FC Schalke 04 Esports 12 : 6
4. G2 Esports 12 : 6
5. Misfits Gaming 11 : 7
6. Splyce 9 : 9
7. Team ROCCAT 7 : 11
8. Unicorns of Love 7 : 11
9. Giants Gaming 5 : 13
10. H2k-Gaming 2 : 16
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. Fnatic 80,000 €, qualified for Worlds
2. FC Schalke 04 Esports 50,000 €, 90 Championship Points
3. Team Vitality 30,000 €, 70 Championship Points
4. Misfits Gaming 20,000 €, 40 Championship Points
5./6. Splyce 10,000 €, 20 Championship Points
G2 Esports 10,000 €, 20 Championship Points
7. Team ROCCAT
8. Unicorns of Love
9. Giants Gaming
10. H2k-Gaming

2019 Spring Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season Group
Place Team Record
1. G2 Esports 13 : 5
2. Origen 12 : 6
3. Fnatic 11 : 7
4. Splyce 11 : 7
5. Team Vitality 10 : 8
6. SK Gaming 9 : 9
7. FC Schalke 04 Esports 9 : 9
8. Misfits Gaming 8 : 10
9. Excel Esports 5 : 13
10. Rogue 2 : 16
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. G2 Esports 80,000 €, 90 Championship Points
2. Origen 50,000 €, 70 Championship Points
3. Fnatic 30,000 €, 50 Championship Points
4. Splyce 20,000 €, 30 Championship Points
5./6. Team Vitality 10,000 €, 10 Championship Points
SK Gaming 10,000 €, 10 Championship Points
7. FC Schalke 04 Esports
8. Misfits Gaming
9. Excel Esports
10. Rogue

2019 Summer Split[edit]

Results after Regular Season Group
Place Team Record
1. G2 Esports 15 : 3
2. Fnatic 14 : 4
3. Splyce 12 : 6
4. FC Schalke 04 Esports 11 : 7
5. Rogue 7 : 11
6. Team Vitality 7 : 11
7. SK Gaming 7 : 11
8. Origen 7 : 11
9. Misfits Gaming 6 : 11
10. Excel Esports 4 : 14
Results after Playoffs
Place Team Prize Money/Consequences
1. G2 Esports 80,000 €, qualified for Worlds
2. Fnatic 50,000 €, 90 Championship Points
3. FC Schalke 04 Esports 30,000 €, 70 Championship Points
4. Rogue 20,000 €, 40 Championship Points
5./6. Splyce 10,000 €, 20 Championship Points
Team Vitality 10,000 €, 20 Championship Points
7. SK Gaming
8. Origen
9. Misfits Gaming
10. Excel Esports

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