Snowdown is here! The festive event for League of Legends kicked off yesterday and will run through till the 6th of January. This means that the new game mode has finally been detailed. It’s packed with snow, fun, and of course, a ton of adorable Poros!
The festive season hasn’t slowed down Riot Games one bit it seems. Two weeks ago, they teased Rek’Sai the void burrower - the incredibly terrifying shark… worm... thing. The champion is now available, and just in time for Snowdown too!
League of Legends is easily the most popular and most watched eSport, especially when it comes to the World Championships. Riot Games have recently released statistics following this year’s competition. Fewer people watched the final overall, but that’s hardly a negative. Every other stat seems to have been improved significantly.
Have you ever tried explaining the concept of eSports to a non-gamer? It’s really difficult! Those with an old train of thought just can’t get their head around the fact that some people play games for a living. Even then, they don’t understand how stressful and dedicated someone has to be to be truly great. For that reason, I love all the eSport documentaries that have been coming out, as it gives some insight into the world of competitive gaming. Valve kicked off the trend with Free To Play, and not too long after, Riot Games debuted Road to Worlds. Razer are following their footsteps. They’ve unveiled their very own documentary.
Riot Games clearly don’t know how to take a break. Their last champion, Kalista, the spear of vengeance, was released just earlier this month. Hot on her heels is another new addition to the League of Legends roster. Are you afraid of sharks? Giant worms? Well, imagine one freaky, drunken evening of love took place. The result? Rek’Sai, the void burrower!
Hacking is a mystery to me. All I know is that no matter how tight an organisation thinks their security is, someone somewhere can roll their face across their keyboard (skillfully) and either gain access to confidential information, or cause havoc with the likes of a DDos attack. Riot Games, the almighty creators of League of Legends, are not new to these hazards, having been the victim of several attacks over the past few years. They’re looking to pay people to help them stomp out any security bugs.
This year’s season for League of Legends may be over, but that hasn’t stopped Riot Games from rolling out one of their biggest updates ever in preparation for 2015. Patch 4.20 brings lots of changes to Summoners Rift, with the big theme being ‘Strategic Diversity’. What does that mean exactly?
Just yesterday I told you that Wei “CaoMei” retired and is set to make $800 000 annually. He is earning far more money now thanks to his streaming, but he did make a fair amount in the professional scene too. He is one of the minority though, as making a living from gaming is generally tough unless you are at the top and consistently winning tournaments. That may change for Koreans, as a minimum salary has been proposed.
As much as I’d like to be a professional gamer, a part of me knows how ruthless and stressful it is. The pros dedicate a ton of hours to practicing each day, and even then, they need to win tournaments to really make that hard work worthwhile. One grey area people tend to overlook is a career after professional gaming. The life expectancy of a top player is surprisingly short, so how do they utilise their gaming skills after their heyday? By streaming of course.
I have to take my hat off to Riot Games. The amount of effort and work they’ve been putting into their franchise, League of Legends, is astounding. It’s been only two months since they said they wanted to overhaul the game’s lore, and they have already done so much. They’re continuing their good work with the return of The Harrowing - Halloween themed content for LoL.
I really planned on watching the League of Legends final this past weekend. Problem is, it took place in South Korea, so the time difference was something I completely forgot about. By the time I arrived home from my morning cycle, a champion had already been determined. Korean team, Samsung Galaxy White, defeated the Chinese Star Horn Royal Club to take the top spot.
I remember the very first time I logged into League of Legends. It was back in the game’s beta stage, a time when not every studio on the face of the earth was trying to make a MOBA. League of Legends wanted to reward players who pushed their game for them, ultimately resulting in the insane success Riot has achieved in just five years. Some of those reward promises were kept, while one still has to materialise.
League of Legends is the largest MOBA. No, that's not a vague wish or speculation, I already compared LoL to Dota 2 and it is simply massive. ESPN had excellent feedback when they aired Dota 2's International, and now they're hoping for the same with League of Legends.
You’d think with the way I go on about Dota 2, it’s the biggest and most popular MOBA in the world. Truth is, it’s arguably more popular in South Africa than its largest contender, League of Legends. For the rest of the world though, LoL is the one to watch and has a much larger following. The world championship has been under way for the last few weeks, and the last showdown is finally within reach. Which team will take the top spot for 2014 in the final this weekend?