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Preparing for the vacation in South Korea tomorrow by watching a 7 hours video from the 2014 Legue of Legends World Finals. This is surreal, they're playing a computer game and about 10.000 people are watching in a big football like arena. They even have american commentators who comment the game as if it were a American Football game. But the most epic part is the introduction video where they let the nerdy boys with glasses run and bump into each other for no apparent reason at 1:56:30 :D https://youtu.be/bY-hTW1W-DU?t=1h56m30s

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Haha, I’m not sure I’m born for playing but I wonder if I shouldn’t try to get into one of those games as a audience, this is so different to what we have here it could be fun :D

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It's not different here at all. eSports is now a days just as big as it is in Asia and the US. Just go visit an ESL Event. It's really not that special anymore. :)

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Viiiieel Spass in Süd Korea und BITTE: viele Bilder!!!! Da werde ich wahrscheinlich nie hinkommen. Also guten Flug, trink genug (Wasser meine ich) und komm gesund wider.

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The number 80 000 ppl was wrong on my side, it was "only" 40 000. According to the link you posted (under the venue information) it says its a 15 000 seater, in korea it's a bit more people, 40 000 seater, than the 15 000 seater (wich i don't think will be sold out) in Cologne.. http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/20/league-of-legends-tournament-fills-a-soccer-stadium-in-south-korea/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y3t52hWIas

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You can't compare apples with pears. What you are comparing is like comparing the world cup for handball and the olympics, ie, its 40 000ppl coming for JUST lol in SK. Imagine how many visitors it would be if they had all these games at one venue. I'm positive it would attract more ppl than eu and usa combined. I wached the lol finals live (streamed) in the states and more than half the seats were empty, in Katovice it was sold out but a lot less seatings compared to SK (about the same size as in usa). E sports in SK is like their national sport, "we" simply cant compete with it! Let's just agree to disagree.. :-D

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You're missing the point. GamesCon is the worlds biggest Computergame Expo. It attracts over 350.000 visitors . And a lot of them attend the eSport events. (and yes it will definitly be sold out. If they had 50.000 seats the would sell 50.000 tickets for the event.) LOL is just one game. eSports is a lot more than that. Yes the people in Asia like to visit these events and thats why they can have 40.000 people in an soccer arena watching the LOL finals. But as i said: Its just as popular in the US as well as in Europe. And not just LOL but WoW, CS, SCII and so on. And thats what i'm trying to say. You really don't have to fly to South Korea if you can take a train to Germany.

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That's exactly my point to (and I think that's what Jeena is after too), the experience of beeing at a South Koreean competition. Just look at one of the links with films I posted and you will see the opening. The effort and energy they put in is like in the olympics, I hardly think that it will be the same in Germany. But, time will tell! I cirtanly hope that it will be like this in the rest of the world in a near future! I will defenately be there in that case!! :-D

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i'am not arguing with you on that (i mean how big it is in Asia). All i'm saying is that you can find major eSport events inside your own country or at least in your part of the world. If you like eSports in general just visit a expo. If you want to watch your favorite game look for an event in Europe. If you're in it for the game it doesn't really matter if the arena has 40.000 seats or 10.000. It's more then anyone would have dreamed of a few years back i think.

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