Riot has created Australia and New Zealand's first professional eSports league.
The Oceania Players League, or OPL, will see eight professional local League of Legends teams battle it out over a seven-week split.
Teams in the OPL will compete for a a share of AU$64,000 (AU$32,000 each Split). Each team member will also be paid a 'match fee' of AU$100 for every game they play (a total of AU$56,000 supporting Oceanic teams per split).
The winning team of Split 1 will also represent Oceania at the Wildcard Invitational in Istanbul, Turkey. If they succeed there, they will advance to the Mid-Season Invitational. The winning team of Split 2, running from May to August, will represent Oceania in the Wildcard Qualifier for a place at the World Championships
“We have some amazing talent in this region and they are only going to get better in a professional league,” said Daniel Ringland, Oceanic eSports manager at Riot.
Round One of the OPL kicks off tonight at 6pm AEDT. Every match will be broadcast live on Riot Oceania's Twitch channel.