League of Legends

Thrilling gameplay and frenetic commentators, sold-out stadiums and passionate fans - League of Legends is its own world that exists far away from football. Nevertheless, “LoL” has millions of fans all around the globe. In the European League of Legends Championship Series - the highest European division - S04’s esports team pit themselves against the best players from around Europe.

League of Legends

Alongside German youngster Elias “Upset” Lipp and Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, Tamas „Vizicsacsi“ Kiss from Hungary, Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm from Norway and Oskar “Vander” Bogdan from Poland all make up FC Schalke 04’s esports League of Legends team.

What is League of Legends?

League of Legends is a competitive, online strategy game, in which two teams of five players compete against one another. Regular changes and updates to the game require esports professionals to be incredibly adaptable. Alongside getting the tactics right, the most decisive skills an esports player requires are quick reactions, good coordination and the ability to read the game.

The title, created by game developer Riot Games, attracts more than 100 million players a month from all over the world. Since 2017, viewing numbers have tripled – a clear indicator of its constantly increasing popularity that League of Legends will continue to enjoy in the future.

What is the EU LCS?

In the European League of Legends Championship Series, the ten best teams in Europe come up against one another. The season starts with the Spring Split, a format that can be compared to the Bundesliga – on weekly matchdays, the teams clash in games that include a first and second leg. After the regular season, the six best teams advance to the play-offs. The winner then qualifies for the “Worlds” – the World Championship that takes place every year. In 2017, it was held at the Beijing National Stadium in front of around 80,000 spectators, and over 60 million people followed live stream on the internet.

In July, the Summer Split then starts, which runs until September and doesn’t involve any play-offs. The winner of the Summer Split also qualifies for the World Championships. Having been relegated to the League of Legends Challenger Series, the S04 League of Legends team then gained a deserved promotion to the top division once again in September 2017. Through their unwavering commitment, and undeterred by previous setbacks in their first season in the EU LCS, FC Schalke 04 esports gained a lot of respect from the general public, as well as from the esport community.

I'm sure Esports will continue to grow and games like League of Legends will become increasingly popular. We are on a very good way.

Elias 'Upset' Lipp

Where is the EU LCS held?

Since 2015, the EU LCS has been held in Riot Games’ studios in Berlin, where spectators can attend and cheer on their teams, while the streaming platform Twitch broadcasts the games live on the internet. The S04 matches are followed by, on average, around 200,000 people from across Europe, and the FC Schalke 04 team proudly flies the Royal Blue flag for the club from the heart of the Ruhr.