Taipei Assassins back in training after US$1m win

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Oct 19, 2012 - Page 5

The Taipei Assassins, a group of Taiwanese gamers who defeated a South Korean team to win an international video game competition in Los Angeles on Saturday, started training for upcoming events immediately after returning home late on Tuesday.

Group leader Chen Hui-chung (陳彙中) said the group did not even have time to think about how to spend the US$1 million prize money they won in the League of Legends Season 2 World Championships because they needed to start preparing for tournaments in Singapore and Las Vegas late this month and next month.

Chen said he and the team members, average age 21, thanked their families for their support, which he said would help them focus on the upcoming tournaments.

The team, which comprises six Taiwanese and a player from Hong Kong, also plan to attend a meet-and-greet event with their fans tomorrow in Taipei. The group said they appreciated the support of their fans and although the training had been tough, it proved to be fruitful.

Chen said the team trained for more than 10 hours a day over two months to prepare for the competition in Los Angeles.

Taipei Assassins have become a household name among the Internet gaming community. The number of fans on the group’s Facebook page grew from fewer than 100,000 to more than 261,000 after they won the Los Angeles tournament.