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League of Legends is the most popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) with the huge player base from the whole world. The Semi Finals of the the biggest yearly tournament Worlds 2017 totaled more than 100.000.000 viewers at once — there are no other game in the world which can gather so many people.
Riot, League of Legends developers, created well-developed esports infrastructure which includes local national leagues and a large amount of potential sponsors and investors. Riot even pay salaries to each professional player individually if they participate in local leagues or huge tournaments.