League of Legends is a free-to-play RPG/strategy MOBA from Riot Games set in Valoran’s Field of Justice, a fantasy world with sci fi elements. Players take the role of a Summoner, a spellcaster who summons Champion avatars to fight for you. Players may choose from over 75 Champions to fight in 3v3 and 5v5 battles, with more battle maps being developed. Customize both Summoner and Champion with their own skills, spells, runes, weapons, and equipment. As Champions fight more and level up, new skills and abilities are unlocked, making them stronger in battle. An item shop is available, selling non-gameplay enhancing items. League of Legends is free, but there is also a Collector’s Edition available for $29.99.
Riot Games is the latest in a recent series of developers taking on the makers of bots used to cheat in game. Riot has filed suit against LeagueSharp, a third party program for League of Legends that automates game play. According to Kotaku, Riot attempted an out of court settlement, but LeagueSharp representatives never responded to the outreach.
Social systems designer Jeffrey Lin, most recently in charge of reducing the 'vitriol' in League of Legends, has departed Riot Games. In a post on TwitLonger.com, Lin thanks his friend Ghostcrawler and admitted that a passionate community makes the game better.
The League of Legends site has been updated with a new lore piece that provides the backstory for a forthcoming hero named Taliyah. Called 'The Bird and the Branch', the story focuses on a young girl's exile and subsequent use of her powers.
Alert gamers in China have snapped several photos of an elder woman kneeling before and praying to a League of Legends statue outside a local internet cafe. The statue portrays LOL's Garen, though it is assumed that the woman mistook him for Lord Guan, a Chinese general during the Three Kingdoms period.
Riot Games has announced that it has purchased outright a studio called Radiant. Radiant has a game out called Stonehearth and one in development called Rising Thunder. However, Radiant has revealed that development on Rising Thunder will stop and the current alpha will end on March 18th.
According to The Daily Dot, Riot Games raked in $1.6 billion dollars last year alone thanks to League of Legends. The dollar figure came via a SuperData Research report that combines digital sales data from publisher, developers and payment providers and pairs it with "qualitative consumer insight".
Riot Games is teasing the next hero for League of Legends in a new trailer called "Mind of the Virtuoso". The cinematic video shows a being during its creation with the text, "I will make you beautiful. I will make you perfect." See what you think!
Riot Games has announced that Tencent has purchased the remaining equity in the company making it now fully-owned by the Chinese investment holding firm. Riot said that the deal was made in order to provide employees with a cash-based incentive program to make the company more competitive in terms of benefit packages and more.
In a new interview with Polygon, League of Legends social systems developer Jeffery Lin revealed that toxic players will be losing at least a pair of opportunities in the game once the massive 2016 updates begin to hit. Most notably, repeatedly participating in toxic behavior will see reported players losing the opportunity for loot rewards in game that can include free skins, limited time mounts and more.
Every League of Legends pre-season brings with it enough changes to really alter the landscape for the upcoming season, and this year is no different. In fact, I'd argue the changes Riot Games has in store for LoL in 2016 are some of its ambitious yet.