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More than 23,000 people packed Munhak Stadium in the city of Incheon, west of Seoul, to attend the final of the 2018 League of Legends (LoL) World Championship final, in which the Chinese team Invictus Gaming blew away its European rival.

The Chinese squad scored a 3-0 landslide victory over Europe's Fnatic in a match that had the public excited from start to finish.

The 23,000 tickets that went on sale early were sold out days before the final, a spokesperson for Riot Games, the US developer of the LoL videogame, told EFE.

Judging by the long lines seen Saturday at the gates of the stadium, it is more than probable that many of the other 3,000 tickets made available at the box office were also sold, with prices from 25,000 to 60,000 won (20-47 euros/$22-$54).

"This is the first time I've come to a World Championship final. In fact I play League of Legends and today I decided to disguise myself like this," said a South Korean woman, 28, whose gaming alias is "LinHa"and who came Saturday dressed as one of the fantasy characters of this videogame, in which two teams first fight it out to destroy the opponent's base.

For his part, Alex, a Belgian exchange student, 21, said he came from Daejeon, 140 km (87 miles) south of Seoul, to see the final in hopes the European team would win the title, which in the end didn't happen.

With Saturday's victory, China's Invictus team won its first LoL World Championship.

In the tourney, 24 teams from 15 different countries shared cash prizes worth more than $2 million (1.75 million euros).

The championship, which lasted a month, was contested again this year in South Korea, the country that first professionalized the electronic sport and where it has an enormous following. The Asian nation last hosted the game in 2014.

Saturday's hugely attended final proved once more the enormous growth of electronic sports, with the LoL tourneys at the top of the list.