While there isn’t really one single notable Canadian League of Legends team, there are many fine individual Canadian players in North American teams. Some Canadian players who are making waves include Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, Andy “Smoothie” Ta and Vincent “Biofrost” Wang.

League of Legends is currently dominated by Asian teams and players. There, it isn’t uncommon for players of top teams to live together in the same house and be paid a monthly salary. In such a team house, players, eat, sleep, and breathe together. They also practise up to 10 hours a day for an upcoming competition. The commitment is so much greater than with a normal job — it’s definitely more like a lifestyle than a job.

With such a commitment from Asia, it is only in the United States that teams can afford a similar level of support from sponsors. The key is exposure and visibility, and a large number of people who tune into broadcasts and live streams of esports tournaments is a major draw for the sponsors. Such a level of mainstream validation is a very strong argument for competitive gaming as a real sport.

Careers usually peak around the age of 25 years, and after that, players see a sharp drop-off in skill levels. MOBAs such as League of Legends and Dota 2 requires very fast reflexes and several hundreds of actions per minute on the keyboard and mouse. When that speed drops off, a player will no longer be as good as someone younger and with much quicker reflexes. The burnout rate is also very high due to the high pressure to succeed at major tournaments, and it has become increasingly more common for top teams to employ the services of sports psychologists and even masseurs to ensure that players are mentally and physically in the best shape possible.