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Top League of Legends players in South Korea 2020, by prize money earned

As of September 2020, the top South Korean earner of prize money in League of Legends tournaments was Sang Hyeok Lee, also known as Faker, who earned almost 1.26 million U.S. dollars. The follower-up was Ho Seong Lee, going by the player ID Duke, with a total of around 955 thousand U.S. dollars. As of August 2020, Faker was the top earner of League of Legends prize money worldwide.

League of Legends

League of Legends, often referred to as LoL, is a free-to-play MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game developed by Riot Games. Even though the game is more than a decade old, it is still enjoying major popularity among South Koreans. As of March 2020, around half of the total playtime in so-called PC bangs was accumulated by League of Legends. Due to the game’s popularity, South Korea has been holding its own League of Legends championships called League of Legend Champions Korea since 2012. Between 2013 and 2017, South Korean teams consecutively won the League of Legends World Championship. Even though the winning streak has been broken, the game is still very popular among gamers in the country.

PC bangs

In the early 2000s, PC bangs, a type of LAN gaming center formed from regular internet cafes and became a hotspot for gamers. PC gamers use those spaces to meet with their peers and use the high-end computers provided to play games. PC bangs usually take an hourly fee and are open all day. While casual players might just stay a short amount of time, more competitive players stay there for more much longer hours. Due to a high rate of gaming addiction in the country, the government introduced a law prohibiting minors from playing online games during the night. As of 2020, people who visited PC bangs at least once week stated that they visited those facilities for around 6.2 times per month and stay for an average of around 2.5 hours.

Leading eSports players in League of Legends (LoL) from South Korea as of September 2020, by prize money earned

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Release date

September 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

July 6, 2010 to September 9, 2020

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