Video games

China tops Europe at League of Legends Worlds

Competitors at the LoL championship
Photo: Cyril Marcilhacy/Washington Post/Getty Images

Many believed this would be the year that a Western team finally won the League of Legends World Championship, but it wasn't meant to be. China-based FPX beat European-based G2 in Paris to claim the $1 million prize.

The backdrop: "A European team hasn't won finals since 2011, which wasn't a truly global event," writes WashPost's Matt Vella. "In the years following, Korean teams dominated — until 2018 when a Chinese team took the top spot."

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Mario Kart Tour trails only Pokemon Go in popularity

A poster with an iphone playing the Mario Kart game and Mario on the side of the phone.
Photo: Nintendo

Nintendo took its time getting into mobile games, but it seems to know how to what it takes to make a hit. Its latest smartphone game, Mario Kart Tour, was downloaded more than 123 million times in its first month, per Sensor Tower.

Why it matters: That makes it the second most popular game after one month, trailing only Pokémon Go. It's also generated $37.4 million in player spending since its worldwide release on Sept. 25, Sensor Tower reports.