First I Must say that Rare Norm supports all american teams but one that has shed much attention to our eyes is Cloud 9! This team plays a game called League of Legends which is a Multiplayer online battle arena or MOBA. This game has broken records for users and viewers since its release on October 27, 2009. By July 2012, League of Legends was the most played PC game in North America and Europe in terms of the number of hours played. As of January 2014, over 67 million people play League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.
Players assume the role of an unseen summoner that controls a champion with unique abilities and battle against a team of other players or computer-controlled champions. The goal is usually to destroy the opposing team’s nexus, a structure which lies at the heart of a base protected by defensive structures. Each League of Legends match is discrete, with all champions starting off fairly weak but increasing in strength by accumulating items and experience over the course of the game.
League of Legends has a large, active competitive scene. In North America and Europe, Riot Games organizes the League of Legends Championship Series, which consists of 10 professional teams in each continent. Similar regional competitions exist in China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. These regional competitions culminate with the annual League of Legends World Championship, which in 2013 had a grand prize of $1 million and attracted 32 million viewers online. The 2014 tournament had one of the largest prize pools in e sports history, at 2.3 million dollars. This years prize pool is $2,000,000 USD.
This game reminds me of pick up games of basketball in real life. You can play your simple 5v5 or 3v3 or 2v2 and at the end of the day you wont go pro but you had fun. The same applies for league of legends there is that gap between the mediocre pick up game and professional playing. If you have never tried it or might be looking to play i suggest you should because it is a great game.
If you wanna keep up with the Championship you can watch it here: http://www.twitch.tv/riotgames