Having spent four seasons watching the once bright-eyed son of Rick Grimes harden under the weight of the zombie apocalypse, seeing actor Chandler Riggs clicking away on a mouse in the lower right corner of a League of Legends stream on Twitch is just surreal. Read more...
In part because it's the biggest game on the planet, and in part because its community has a pretty poor reputation, the developers of League of Legends have been looking at some unique ways to combat unsavoury behaviour in the game. And are coming up with some refreshing results.Read more...
Riot's April Fools' joke for League of Legends was to implement a temporary new mode called URF, or Ultra-Rapid Fire. It's essentially a mode where the balance of the game is thrown out the window, with players able to cast explosive spells whenever the hell they wanted.Read more...
If you think a joke’s funny, commit to it. Run straight into that wall, tell every excruciating detail of that embarrassing story, and laugh uproariously in that child’s face. Every year on April 1, officially the most hilarious of days, disappointingly few April Fools’ jokes go beyond a little work in Photoshop and a press release of top bants. League of Legends has committed to the joke.
Riot Games today actually properly released a new ‘Ultra Rapid Fire’ mode, supposedly as a preview of an upcoming balance patch. Playable for the next week, it cuts ability costs and cooldowns to turn LoL into a ridiculous mess of silliness.
Siv, mostly known for his streams on Twitch
in the League of Legends community, is here to guide us through their new gaming house in Holland. It is... a little bit different from those packed eSports houses in South Korea.Read more...
League of Legends player Cheon "Promise" Min-Ki is serious condition today after reportedly jumping from a twelve-story building and ending up in a coma. This comes after he revealed alleged eSports match-fixing.Read more...
You've asked yourself the question: just how much am I playing this damn game? Is it months? Years? Decades, even? If you're been burning daylight playing League of Legends, you can finally get an answer.Read more...
Would it be a complete disaster if hundreds or thousands of Twitch.tv users controlled a single champion in a League of Legends, similarly to 'Twitch plays Pokémon
'? YouTuber shocknickfilms' parody shows us that yes, it would be pretty catastrophic.Read more...
Riot Games' League of Legends is built on a relatively simple premise: you and four other players each pick a character, assign yourselves a role (tank, support, etc) and use your unique abilities to destroy the enemy team and their base. But what happens when you and someone else on the team want the same role during a match? Human sacrifice, cats and dogs living together; mass hysteria, that's what! Thankfully, Riot is rolling out the Team Builder beta starting tomorrow, so we can put down the pitchforks - for awhile, anyway.
Team Builder works by having players select their champion, role and position for a match, and then attempts to match them up with other players using Team Builder until a balanced team can be formed. Theoretically, this will lead to less fighting about who plays who, goes where and does what. The Team Builder queue will be separate from others, and will only be available for unranked 5v5 matches.
Team Builder won't be sticking around forever. League players will have 48 hours from the time the beta goes live in their region until Riot closes off access. The beta will be a staggered launch, starting March 3 on the Russia and Northeast Europe servers. To see when your region is live and learn more about Team Builder, you can check out the official FAQ page.
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Publisher Deep Silver has begun beta testing the free-to-play Dead Island: Epidemic, and it needs your help putting the zombies through their shambling paces.
As its name would suggest, Dead Island: Epidemic is a spin-off of Techland's Dead Island franchise. Instead of a first-person action game, Epidemic drops players into a multiplayer online battle arena (think: League of Legends) populated by the same walking corpses that make up the supporting cast of the core Dead Island series. Cooperative teamwork is key to surviving the undying hordes, but when your teammates fail you, you can also rely on over-the-top DIY weaponry, another hallmark of the Dead Island games.
Gaining access to the closed beta is as simple as visiting the game's website and filling out a quick registration form. Those who participate in the beta test will be able to earn "exclusive in-game items and rewards" that will carry over into the eventual retail incarnation of Dead Island: Epidemic.
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League of Legends is adding a sixth champion to each side, in the six-on six "Hexakill" mode coming Feb. 20. That means at least 20 percent more yelling and swearing in your match, until the mode ends on March 2, that is.Read more...
League of Legends will be getting a new champion and game mode, developer Riot Games has announced. The new game mode, Hexakill, adds another player to each team, turning the game's typical 5v5 match into a 6v6 affair. Hexakill is part of Riot's featured gameplay modes, where players can experience experimental twists on the usual LoL formula. This also means, however, that Hexakill will only be available to play for a limited time, from February 20 to March 2.
Meanwhile, if League of Legends' next champion were in your yearbook, he'd be the kid that was always a little too into the dissection labs in Biology class. Vel'Koz, Eye of The Void, is a tentacled horror that comes to the Fields of Justice from a dimension known as The Void, where it exists as a living font of knowledge and learning. Oh, and he's here to destroy you. So yeah, just like that kid.
Time for more numbers from the LUDICROUSPHERE, aka League of Legends. The MOBA with mo’ mo(nies) than any other ba is now at 27 million players per day. 27 million different people. Every day. And per month? 67 million unique human beings, each snowflakes in their own rights, all crashing blizzard-like into Riot’s behemoth. Those are impressive numbers, certainly. RPS, however, would like to announce some even more impressive numbers.
Riot Games reports that its League of Legends userbase has skyrocketed to 27 million players daily, more than doubling the 12 million daily players it reported in 2012.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Riot Games additionally confirmed that up to 7.5 million users are playing League of Legends at the same time during peak hours, up from a high of 5 million concurrent users reported in March of 2013. League of Legends earned over $624 million in microtransaction revenue throughout 2013.
League of Legends enjoys continued popularity via streaming services like Twitch, and its widespread popularity led international players to be classified as professional athletes by the US government.
The anti-pornography firewall run by the UK's four top internet providers has blocked the latest League of Legends update because it happens to contain the letters "s," "e" and "x" in a row in two of its file names. The filter dings the following two files, forcing the update to fail with a "file not found" error (emphasis added):
Reddit user LoLBoompje first reported the file error, and The Guardian says that the only recourse for those affected is to contact their internet providers and switch off the filter. The firewall is a new program and this problem should be contained to anyone who has signed up for a new ISP this month only.
League of Legends champion cosplay is always exciting, especially so when the subject is one of the less... humanoid ones. Here's a stunning Thresh, portrayed by Darkgodmaru, who even edited the image, choosing an angle that makes it look like it's an actual screenshot from the game.Read more...
The strict "anti-porn" filtering taking full effect in the U.K. this month might cause problems for some League of Legends users who haven't called their ISPs to opt out of the screening. It seems the patcher is trying to access a couple of URLs with the letters S and E followed by X in them, and that's enough to get a block.Read more...
Patch 4.1 for League of Legends has arrived, bringing with it a multitude of alterations and refinements. There are tons of changes to champions, items, maps and abilities, so get your cries of "RIP, <insert your favorite champion here> is nerfed!" and "<insert your most-hated champion here> is OP!" ready. The patch also adds a static roster of champions for new players, which means newcomers are no longer chained to the free-to-play rotation of playable champions. This new roster isn't live yet, though - it's set to be turned on at a later date.
According to Chris Tom, handler of Player Relations & Communications, the new roster will help get newbies accustomed to the ins and outs of League. "Our goal is to improve the way players learn to play League of Legends when they're first starting out," he writes in the patch notes. "These champions were picked because of how easy they can be learned and how enjoyable most new players find them."
Unfortunately, neither Tom nor Riot revealed which champions will be part of the static roster. That being said, it's not completely outside of reason to speculate that the selection would include champions with the "Recommended" attribute. For those unfamiliar with League, those champions are Garen (a knight), Katarina (an assassin), Nunu (a kid riding a yeti), Ryze (a sorcerer), Sona (a magic musician), Soraka (a divine healer), Taric (another knight), Tristana (a steampunk cannoneer) and Warwick (a werewolf).
And so it all comes full circle. Blizzard’s games may have been the MOBA genre’s none-too-pretty spawning pit, but League of Legends, DOTA 2, and the like took the torch – whether Blizzard wanted to pass it or not. So it’s not entirely surprising to see people like Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street, former lead systems designer on World of Warcraft, at Riot. Sure, Heroes of the Storm is a thing, but it’s still nascent, larval. For better or worse, LoL is an empire, and now, it seems, a destination. Street enters as lead game designer on LoL, so he will likely be calling quite a few shots as time goes on.