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We have an odd relationship with gambling in the UK. You'd be hard-pressed to find a high street or city centre that doesn't have at least a couple of bookmakers' shops mixed into it, offering bets on everything from horse racing and football to whether or not Kate Winslet will cry if she wins an Oscar (yes that was a real thing). But how does esports fit in?
A few weeks ago, developer Riot Games unleashed the latest weapon in its incredibly well-financed marketing arsenal: a three-minute music video for POP/STARS, a song performed by a fictitious girl band consisting of four of the most popular characters in League of Legends. That track has now managed to secure the top spot on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales charts.
Don't expect to see esports in the Olympic Games any time soon. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach believes the video games being played still promote violence and killing too much to be included.
League of Legends is getting a new game mode, Nexus Blitz, as part of a new Experimental Modes programme, and it might borrow one or two things from that other genre dominated by a brightly-coloured free-to-play game, battle royale.
In recent weeks Eurogamer has closely followed the debate surrounding video game loot boxes and in-game gambling. We've investigated the legislation around the issue, reported on the government's response to direct questioning and investigated how developers could react to stricter regulation. But what about the people who actually spend money on loot boxes?
A developer at League of Legends studio Riot appears to have left the company after controversial comments he made about a popular streamer blew up online.
Remember Edgar Davids? Juventus manager Marcello Lippi once described him as "my one-man engine room". Well, he's now gone on to dominate the courtroom after successfully suing the maker of the biggest video game in the world.
Australia is bracing itself for a League of Legends reality show.
Bad news for League of Legends fans - developer Riot announced it will raise the price of Riot Points in the UK due to Brexit.
One of snooker's biggest stars has admitted to being a recovering video game addict.
UPDATE 14th FEBRUARY The Practice Tool is now live on the North America (NA) region server, with all other regions, including EU West, expected to follow the rollout today. Riot Games put out a short note on the NA site to announce the feature going live this afternoon:
Riot Games has announced a broad set of changes to the way it distributes eSports funding, following weeks of debate amongst the competitive League of Legends community.
The context here is complicated, to say the least, but the changes were undoubtedly sparked by last month's controversy involving complaints made by TSM team owner Andy "Reginald" Dinh, and the subsequent responses from Riot Games and League of Legends co-founder Marc "Tryndamere" Merrill. In brief, Dinh - and others - argued that Riot made the lives of team owners and players extremely difficult with both disruptive game patches ahead of tournaments, and overzealous restrictions on sponsorship income.
Since then, the community has entered something of an introspective period. Numerous team owners, such as Immortals chairman Clinton Foy, along with fellow professional League of Legends players, grouped together under the hashtag 'LCSForever' in a rather stirring show of support for the cause. The 800,000 member strong League of Legends subreddit discussed the issues with it's usual gusto.
League of Legends has now surpassed 100m active players per month.
A heated debate is unfolding in the League of Legends eSports community, following some provocative comments from Riot Games co-founder and League of Legends co-creator Marc Merrill on player wages and investment into the game.
Earlier this month West Ham signed a professional FIFA 16 player - making it the first team in the Premiership to do so.
With more than 67 million players logging in each month, League of Legends is the most popular video game in the world. Actually, that sentence doesn't even do it justice - those numbers are about two years out of date by now, and developer Riot Games claims today's figures are "substantially" higher.
After receiving literally several requests to reboot the podcast, we're doing just that. We had a lovely time recording this one-off special at last year's EGX and a bunch of the Eurogamer staff - including myself - have missed being able to sit down and chat video games for around an hour or so.
In the brief history of professional League of Legends, there might not be another European player who generated as much hype and excitement as Martin 'Rekkles' Larsson. When he debuted for Fnatic in 2014 - a proud eSports organization that predates League, and whose team won the first-ever LoL world title - it was supposed to the mark the start of a new era.
League of Legends is already the biggest video game in the world. Now, the BBC will stream its biggest tournament.
UPDATE 9/10/15 11.45am: Marketplace website G2A has hit back at League of Legends studio Riot for banning its eSports team sponsorship.
UPDATE 23/9/15 8:25AM Turing Pharmaceuticals has announced that it will scale back its pricing plans for Daraprim to ensure it remains affordable.
Professional League of Legends player Yu "XiaoWeiXiao" Xian, a mid-laner for Team Impulse, has been suspended after admitting to ELO boosting, i.e. leveling up another player's account for money.
As a Finnish court failed to jail a teen hacker convicted of 50,700 charges related to computer crime, a 17-year-old who terrorised female League of Legends players has been given 16 months by a Canadian court.
The League of Legends community has a bad reputation. It's well documented. But developer Riot says it's finally making a difference with the help of a machine-learning system.
A 17-year-old member of hacking group Lizard Squad has pleaded guilty to 23 charges relating to online harassment.
League of Legends has a new player reform system that evaluates player chat logs and automatically issues bans.
What does a new office look like for a company that runs one of the most successful games on the planet? That game is League of Legends, played by millions, and the company is Riot Games.
League of Legends' official 2015 World Championship will be coming to London this October, developer Riot Games has announced.
Riot president and co-founder Marc Merrill has moved to clarify the developer's position on League of Legends streaming rules following a high-profile dispute earlier this week - and expressed regret for the way he initially reacted to it.
UPDATE 04/02/2015: The Philippines eSports organisation that discriminated against the LGBT community with controversial rules for a League of Legends tournament has reversed its decision.
The 2015 League of Legends World Championship will be hosted in Europe in October.
Video game company Riot has built its own network and is working with big ISPs in a bid to "optimise the internet" for League of Legends players.
Hardware manufacturer Razer is following in Valve's footstep by producing a documentary about eSports.
Just as Valve made the free-to-watch Dota documentary Free to Play (which our editor Oli Welsh reviewed), Razer is going to follow the trials and tribulations of eSports competitors.
Dubbed Team Razer: Great Games, the documentary will be a three-part series, with each episode focusing on a different game's origin in eSports and its top players.
League of Legends now blocks players deemed to have displayed toxic behaviour from ranked matches.
After several years, League of Legends developer Riot is reimagining the popular MOBA's entire lore.
Game broadcasting platform Twitch has announced major changes to the way it works ahead of a rumoured $1bn Google buyout.
UK newspaper The Sun has been getting stick today for an article it published which carried the headline: "Gaming as addictive as heroin." But what's the real story?
Things have got so bad in League of Legends' public chat rooms that Riot is shutting them down, the developer has announced.
League of Legends maker Riot Games is offering newly hired staff 10 per cent of their salary if they quit. This Queue Dodge initiative hopes to weed out - in a positive way of course - those only after money, and to retain those there for something more.
Would you play a video game after suffering a collapsed lung? This League of Legends pro did.
A recent survey of 10 million mobile gamers claimed only 2.2 per cent of the free-to-play audience spent any money at all. That's worrying - does it mean developers are deliberately designing games to cater for the minuscule minority rather than the vast majority?
UPDATE 18/03 10.30AM: The Korean eSports Association, KeSPA, has corroborated Cheon Min-Ki's story based on testimonies from the rest of the AHQ team.
You knew League of Legends was popular, but did you know that 27 million people play the game every day?
Riot Games has told Eurogamer there have been no reported incidents of the anti-sex law interfering with League of Legends.
The anti-sex law means UK internet service providers will, by default, filter out internet content associated with pornography for new customers. And blocking anything mentioning "sex" has seemed to be the first port of call.
Members of the the League of Legends subreddit soon noticed some adverse effects, as update files "VarusExpirationTimer.luaobj" and "XerathMageChainsExtended.luaobj" were blocked.
Star Blizzard developer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street has been hired by League of Legends maker Riot Games as joint lead game designer with Ryan Morello.
League of Legends developer Riot Games may be many things, but one thing it isn't, stressed president Marc Merrill on Reddit last night, is greedy.
Riot Games will now let professional League of Legends players stream rival games.
Developer Riot games has defended its decision to block professional League of Legend players from streaming rival games.
Over the weekend, the president and co-founder of Riot Games - Marc Merrill - appeared to have his Twitter account suffer a hostile takeover at the hands of a hacker. That hacker proceeded to announce and show pictures of a standalone card game called League of Legends: Supremacy - a name trademarked by Riot a year ago.
League of Legends developer Riot Games has released a video calling on players to employ sportsmanlike behaviour - and released statistics to show it's in their best interest.
Hackers have gained access to around 120,000 transaction records stored on the servers of popular MOBA League of Legends.
League of Legends has been a big deal in the eSports community for years with a total of $8 million being distributed to various players throughout its third season, but only now has the US government deemed League of Legends a professional sport.
In amongst all the doom and gloom of the UK high street, a Currys PC World in London (Tottenham Court Road) is trying something new - maybe even future-facing.
With the emergence of hit video game streaming websites such as Twitch.tv and in-client tournament viewers, eSports is booming. But while hundreds of thousands visit packed venues and millions tune in online to watch their favourite professional StarCraft, League of Legends and Dota players and teams battle it out, eSports is yet to hit the mainstream in the west as it has done in South Korea. Some believe it can. Some believe it can't. Some believe it shouldn't even try.
Professional League of Legends player Christian Rivera aka IWillDominate - a member of Team Dignitas - has been permanently banned for "persistently toxic behaviour".
Every Sunday we plunder our archives to bring you a feature you may have originally missed, or perhaps would like to read again. This week, we go back to October 2012, where Simon Parkin reports from the frontline of League of Legend's competitive scene.
League of Legends is bigger.
League of Legends developer Riot Games is introducing a "positive feedback initiative" entitled Honour that rewards players for good behaviour.
League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced a new professional gaming league (of Legends) with the Championship Series, debuting next year.
European League of Legends accounts have been compromised by hackers, Riot Games has announced.
League of Legends maker Riot is set to take on the eSports big boys with the biggest prize pool in video game tournament history.
Governments around the world have moved on the hacker group LulzSec - making arrests based on information gathered in part by its leader.
Meet Ahri, the Nine-Tailed Fox.
Starring Fizz, The Tidal Trickster.
Four million people play League of Legends every day, Riot Games has announced.
DOTA spin-off brushed up.
Riot Games has launched Dominion, a new game mode for action RTS League of Legends.
For many games or sports, one playing field is quite enough. A rugby, football or hockey pitch need never change, while the ageless simplicity of the chessboard belies the complexity of the many matches that have been fought across it.
Riot Games' online strategy title League of Legends has passed the 15 million registered users mark, the developer has announced.
At least "a dozen" alternatives were explored and "extensive research" carried out before the decision was made to carve the European League of Legends territory in half, Riot Games has told Eurogamer.
The European territories of free-to-play competitive online game League of Legends are to be split in two.
PvP PC title from Riot Games.
"Carrots?" I ask the phone pinned between my head and my shoulder. I'm not sure what it means. It's annoying, having a phone cradled on your shoulder and telling you things when you're trying to play League of Legends.
The voice in the phone (my friend?) repeats that the only thing she needs (a woman!) for our stir-fry tonight is carrots. Stir-fry! Of course! We'd arranged to meet for dinner tonight. I should have already left the house, but the online match I'd signed up for was dragging on.
This was about six hours ago. So, League of Legends clearly passes the first test of any addictive, free online game, the greasy business of managing to hypnotise you utterly and take fat bites out of your free time. The question became whether it would pass the second test - whether I would abandon my team by dropping out of the game to head out the door, or tell my friend I'd be late and keep playing.
League of Legends, the RTS/RPG hybrid from the creators of all-conquering Warcraft III mod Defence of the Ancients, begins its open beta today.
European players can sign up at the game's website. Open beta will last a week, before the game's "pre-season" begins on 30th October. Since League of Legends is free-to-play, you'll be able to keep your open beta accounts once the game launches in earnest.
League of Legends is an evolution of the Warcraft mod DotA Allstars, one of the most popular player-made mods in history. As a highly competitive online multiplayer game, it will operate in seasons: the pre-season will give players time to learn the game and organise themselves before season one begins in the first half of next year.
Riot Games has announced that its upcoming multiplayer RTS/RPG hybrid League of Legends will be free to play.
In simple terms, GOA is a games publisher - but it's more accurate to picture the French outfit as a service provider. That makes sense when you consider its parent company, Orange, but it still sounds like a foreign concept in videogaming. It really shouldn't, however, and it won't for much longer.
Riot Games has unveiled League of Legends, a competitive online game attempting to blend RPG and RTS gameplay.
The idea is to occupy the persistent role of a Summoner (RTS general), who watches battles from a far and participates in them through Champion units, which gain levels, unlock abilities and gather items by being active.
Then, eventually, the Summoner will also gain rank, unlocking its own array of abilities to unleash on enemies.
MMO blend of RTS and RPG.