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Launceston thumbs drawn for gaming tournament

The City of Launceston will host a free esports tournament next month as part of Youth Week Tasmania 2021.

The two-day video game tournament is open to young people in Launceston between the ages of 15 and 20, who are invited to form teams of five players each to battle it out in popular game League of Legends.

The esports event will be held at The Game Forge in George Street, Launceston, on Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2.

In League of Legends, two teams of five players battle to occupy and defend a map. The game is one of the world’s largest esports.

Last year’s tenth League of Legends world championship in Shanghai drew more than 20 teams from across the globe, with a total prize pool of more than US$2m.

Launceston Acting Mayor Danny Gibson said he was excited to see a new fun and free activity being coordinated for Youth Week Tasmania in Launceston.

“Video games can be great entertainment and great fun, and competitive esports gaming is increasingly popular across the globe,” Acting Mayor Gibson said.

“The City of Launceston’s Youth Week Tasmania esports tournament will be a wonderful opportunity for our young people to form teams, showcase their skills and compete with one another in a COVID-safe environment.

“Who knows? We may even have a future League of Legends World Champion in our midst.”

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