October 15, 2012
This image provided by Riot Games shows publicity artwork for the videogame "League of Legends." The dizzying world championships of the online battle arena game "League of Legends" concluded Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, inside the University of Southern California's Galen Center, which typically hosts basketball _ not video _ games, with underdog Taiwan's Taipei Assassins defeating South Korea's Azubu Frost to win the tournament's $1 million grand prize.
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It had all the makings of an Olympic event: an indoor arena, play-by-play announcers, 7,000 enthusiastic fans, uniformed competitors from across the globe and swarms of cameras capturing every angle of the action. However, when the crowd erupted into a screaming frenzy each time a player met his demise, it felt much more like "The Hunger Games."
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