Riot Games, in partnership with National Amusements and Piece of Magic Entertainment, brought the livestream of the League of Legends World Finals to cinemas across Europe for fans unable to travel to Korea to watch one of the biggest events on the global esports calender. The broadcast started from 7am GMT, and the European fans were treated to watching EU LCS champions Fnatic take on China's Invictus Gaming. In London, the Vue at Westfield White City sold out three screens, while the Nordisk Copenhagen opened for over 1000 fans.
Riot have been bringing their season finals to cinemas since 2014, but this event was the widest and most successful to date. Every attendee also received a limited edition cup and an allocation of Thundersticks - inflatable batons used at the live events hosted by Riot - to ensure that the atmosphere was high in every showing.
The final result - a convincing 3-0 victory for Invictus Gaming - may have disappointed EU fans, but the success of the event has led to talks of further events in 2019, widening the opportunity to North and South America, and Asia.