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League of Legends gets £60,000 college scholarship prize pot

         
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Riot Games has announced a prize pool of $100,000 (£60,000) in scholarships for its collegiate League of Legends game tournament.

According to the official announcement:

“In 2014, we want to take collegiate competition to the next level. After a huge, region-wide playoff, we’ll invite the top four collegiate teams in North America to compete for a prize pool of $100,000 in scholarships.”

The contest focuses on teams of players from North American universities, with registration open until 22 January.

We’ve contacted Riot to ask whether they’re considering anything similar outside the US — it might also be an interesting way to develop the European pro scene and encourage talented players to continue playing while in further education.

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In case you’re interested in following the competition, the open stage will take place between 25 January and 2 February with a qualifier starting on 8 Feb and a final scheduled as part of the League Championship Series broadcast on 22 and 23 February.