League of Legends is now a sanctioned sport at Unigames, developer Riot said today in a press release. Unigames is Australia's largest sporting event for University student-athletes and offers a wide range of sanctioned sports. That League of Legends can now be counted among them is a feather in the cap for both the game and e-sports as a whole.
The move follows a growing trend of recognition of the legitimacy of competitive e-sports. And League of Legends is a good place to start. The MOBA (that's "multiplayer online battle arena") is the world's most-played e-sport, there's a burgeoning local scene in Australia thanks to the nascent Oceanic Pro League, and developer Riot offers serious cash prizes at the top level of play.
En route to the Australian University Games championship, teams will need to work their way up through Inter-University, Regional and National tournaments. The first Regional bracket will take place July 5 to July 7.