April 1, 2023

Students from the University of Waterloo gathered at the school’s Student Life Centre to watch the League of Legends World Championship Final on Nov. 3.

Fans of both teams witnessed history as Invictus Gaming took down Fnatic 3-0 to earn their first ever world championship. The best-of-three series was the fastest final in world championship history, with a combined game time of 85 minutes and 33 seconds.

More than 100 students attended the free event, which began in the early hours of Saturday morning. Food and beverages were provided for students throughout the event and prizes, as well as League of Legends merchandise, were awarded to many of the students in attendance. This year’s viewing party was one of the school’s largest to date.

Food and beverages were provided for students to refuel in between matches. (Photo by Niall McCrossan/Spoke News)

“I thought it was excellent. Definitely up there,” said André Paradis, former president and founder of the University of Waterloo League of Legends Club. “I think the first one we did was still the best turnout, but this one was pretty close. People were respectful of the space and cleaned up after themselves.”

Students will have to wait until next year for another viewing party of this magnitude, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t continue to share their love for the game on campus. Each week the UW League of Legends Club hosts drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 2502 of the Quantum-Nano Centre. All students are welcome.

For more info, be sure to check out the club’s official Facebook page.

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