League of Legends News

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.

Esport "killer games" aren't right for Olympics, says IOC

"We cannot have ... a game which is promoting violence."

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 eSports controversy continues as Riot announces sweeping changes to funding

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.

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Razer announces eSports documentary Team Razer: Great Games

Razer announces eSports documentary Team Razer: Great Games

A three-part series focusing on StarCraft, Dota and League of Legends.

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.

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LOL: Riot offers new hires a pay-out to quit

To retain those after more than just money.

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.

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?

ISP porn filters interfering League of Legends patching?

ISP porn filters interfering League of Legends patching?

Riot says no reported incidents but monitoring anyway.

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.

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LOL boss' Twitter account hacked, reveals card game

Riot insists Supremacy "one of many prototypes".

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.

Blizzard: UFC-style reality shows could propel eSports into the mainstream

StarCraft 2 maker on the tipping point for professional gaming.

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.

League of Legends scores 15m users

1.4 million playing online RTS every day.

Riot Games' online strategy title League of Legends has passed the 15 million registered users mark, the developer has announced.

Riot defends League of Legends EU split

"This is not a perfect solution."

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.

League of Legends open beta begins

League of Legends open beta begins

Try the DotA spin-off for free.

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.

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Riot unveils Warcraft-inspired RTS

Riot unveils Warcraft-inspired RTS

League of Legends to blend genres.

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.

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