April Fools’ day is finally done and dusted, and while I’m all for good fun, it makes writing the news one hell of a nightmare! What is real, and what isn’t? Can I really simulate water swimming with the new PlayStation Flow? Perhaps that new Big Head Mode in Heroes of the Storm is permanent? Obviously not! My keen journalist nose can tell foul from fowl… or something like that, which is why I know that the new League of Legends Ultra Rapid Fire Mode is complete made up garbage – except that it isn’t.
I already get upset when I hear about all-female tournaments. They are fine as an added component of a tournament series, but I worry that they will marginalize women more than they will uplift them. However, this latest Garena tournament out of the Philippines has instituted such a disgusting policy that even Riot is horrified.
While most of your time is probably spent killing all your friends and screaming at people for feeding, the world's most popular MOBA also features some cool music. There's a lot that goes into making the soundtrack, and you can even grab it for free.
League of Legends has been branching out into cool content creation. Not content with normal champion spotlights and patch rundowns, they have released some real winning videos, including teaser trailers and cool music videos. This latest one is incredibly well done, but you may need some tissues.
Last year, League of Legends did a big campaign for good sportsmanship. They released videos about how teams that work together have higher success rates than those who rage and fight. They also started banning those who can't abide by common decency. Now, the good players are getting rewarded.
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.
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.
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 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 patch brings the undead juggernaut Riot Games are giving League of Legends a lore buff. So far, it seems to be working rather well for them. They are using this new overhaul as an excuse to add new champions, flesh out backstories, and fix any champions they are no longer happy with. Their latest focus is Sion, who has been reworked somewhat. He is now playable with the latest 4.18 patch.