Posts Tagged ‘Riot Games’

Dote Night: SpectateFaker And Riot’s Jibber Jabber

By Philippa Warr on February 25th, 2015.


Screengrab via SpectateFaker stream

Evening all! This edition of Dote Night is about the current content rights argument going on in League of Legends. It revolves around SpectateFaker a Twitch channel set up to stream games featuring the professional player Faker. The channel has been subject to a DMCA takedown order from rival streaming service Azubu and the ensuing argument taps into how streamers can use intellectual property. Here’s a summary of what’s going on and why it’s important.

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Bard: League Of Legends Roaming Support Revealed

By Philippa Warr on February 25th, 2015.

ALL BEARD ALL THE TIME

Bard, The Wandering Caretaker will be the latest character to join the League of Legends champion roster.

His lore pegs him as a celestial vagabond, showing up when cosmic equilibrium is under threat and attempting to steer Runeterra (that’s LoL-land) away from catastrophe. I’m now idly wondering whether the lore here is a hint at something important.

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Dote Night: LoL Tourney Abandons Awful LGBT Rules

By Philippa Warr on February 4th, 2015.

The Iron Solari tournament

Hello! This edition of Dote Night is about a controversy which erupted yesterday in regards to the rules for a women-only League of Legends tournament run by the Garena organisation. The specifics are obviously about League of Legends and about this particular tournament, but the reason the rules are problematic is because they tap into stereotypes and assumptions which permeate across the pro scene and across games. It’s also a good place to bring up a study which looked at female and male League player skill which is important for how we think about both recreational and professional gaming. Here goes!

eSports organisation Garena has updated the rules for a Philippines-based League of Legends tournament in order to remove restrictions originally placed on LGBT players.

I’ll explain the original rules and why they were problematic in a second but the update means they now state that “any player who self-identifies as female will be allowed to participate” and “We sincerely apologize for any offense we caused to the LGBT and gaming communities.”

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Kalista: LoL’s Newcomer Aimed At Teaching Teamwork

By Philippa Warr on November 5th, 2014.

Working it

League of Legends has announced the latest champion to grace Summoner’s Rift. She’s Kalista, The Spear of Vengeance and the header character art has her sporting the same “deconstructed” hunched pose you’ll see liberally sprinkled throughout America’s Next Top Model photoshoots. Let’s take a closer look.

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Wot I Learned: League Of Legends Q&A

By Philippa Warr on October 26th, 2014.

Dustin Beck - a man with a strong backdrop

On the eve of the biggest event in the League of Legends calendar – the World Championship finals – Riot were in the mood for a Q&A. To that end, founders Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck took to a little stage in Seoul’s World Cup Stadium, alongside Vice President of eSports Dustin Beck. They were sitting on metal stools holding mics, so I was vaguely wondering whether there would be an announcement like “Well, this eSports stuff is great and all but we’ve decided to form a boyband.”

That didn’t happen, more’s the pity. They also didn’t use the term “esport-thlete” for pro gamers. Seriously. What’s it going to take to get that one into common parlance? In fairness, despite the aforementioned shortcomings they did say a fair bit about the direction they’re hoping to take LoL over the coming year – particularly the competitive side of things. I’ve pulled out some of the themes and highlights for your consideration below and also added in a few bits and bobs from my own brainbone.

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League Of Legends Has Too Many Robot Friends

By Philippa Warr on October 14th, 2014.

RFF - Rift Friends Forever

Riot is revamping its Refer-a-Friend reward program for League Of Legends. That’s almost entirely because the “Friends” being referred are often bot accounts and the whole thing is being used to load up accounts with currency and skins before selling them on.

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LoL World Championships Kicks Off, Has Ridiculous Trailer

By Ben Barrett on September 18th, 2014.

E-sports continues, wonderfully, to become its own parody. The League of Legends World Championships kicked off today with the sixteen best teams, having qualified throughout the year, competing over the next month to decide who’s best. Chances are you can watch it right now, either live or on rebroadcast as they seem to be aiming for a 24/7 schedule. In celebration, Riot have put together an animated trailer showcasing the most common attributes of League players – hoodies and superpowers. It’s likely sillier than you’re imagining.

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‘Ere We Go – League Of Legends: Road To Worlds

By Ben Barrett on September 10th, 2014.

It is very weird, having been interested in DIGITAL SPORTS for as long as I can remember, for it to now be old enough and big enough to have fancy documentaries. Riot’s offering is their Road To Worlds series, looking at the teams and players competing in the Season 4 World Championship from September 18th. The first of three parts is out now. ‘The Beginning’ charts a brief history of competitive LoL through Seasons 1 and 2, showcasing the players that won those tournaments and are still playing. The other two episodes will be released in the coming week in the run up to the start of the finals.

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Lorra Lorra Lore: League Of Legends’ Do-Over

By Alice O'Connor on September 5th, 2014.

See, this is the field of Zhankhor, named after the seventh son of the seventh son of the Archmage Riglaro'khar...

Philippa recently wondered in Dote Night about lore in Dote ‘em ups. Does a grand over-arching narrative matter? How could or should lore affect game systems? League of Legends players were technically controlling “a neutral magician working on conflict resolution for the wizard UN”, as Pip put it, but not any more. After five years of resolving political disagreements through magical violence, Riot Games have called a do-over on LoL’s backstory. It was holding them back, they say, stopping them from doing interesting things with characters.

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League Of Legends Preps For World Finals With Latest Patch

By Ben Barrett on July 31st, 2014.

With The International fading into memory like so many forgotten creeps, MOBA-neutrals such as myself look forward to their next dose of hype. Riot will be the providers, with the League of Legends World Championship kicking off in September and the Grand Final on October 19th. In preperation for their season finale, Riot’s latest patch focuses on ‘strategic diversity’ within the game, ensuring enough characters are viable come the big day. They’re also introducing a new one, League’s 120th champion, Gnar.

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Hey, Good LoLookin': League of Legends Map Makeover

By Alice O'Connor on June 24th, 2014.

That's much better!

League of Legends, you may know, is popular. Like, really popular. Massively so. Riot boasted in January that their free-to-play Dote ‘em up had 27 million players daily, and last weekend a pro LoL tournament sold out London’s Wembley Arena. However, its growth as a game and as a digital sport is still hindered by the genre’s inherent complexity–made worse by its garish graphics.

The LoL look is overloaded with distracting details and over-saturated colours, making my eyes beg to look away and, worse, covering up important information. So riot are now giving the map and its monsters a makeover, keeping the same layout but adding lots of visual clues so spectators and new players can better understand what’s going on.

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Watch League of Legends’ All Star 2014 Tournament

By Alice O'Connor on May 9th, 2014.

Game on!

I like to think I’m still cool and relevant and I ‘get’ what the kids are into. I went to see Taylor Swift turn on the Christmas lights at Westfield shopping centre two years ago, you know. “So yeah, sure,” I say into my disconnected phone at the bus stop, hoping nearby youths hear me, “of course I’m going to watch the All-Star 2014 this weekend. It’s only one of the year’s two big official League of Legends tournaments, don’t you know? What a dork!” I pause, panicked. Is “dork” still a cool insult?

No matter. Started yesterday and running until Sunday, the tournament sees the top team from each of the five regional leagues brought together in Paris to virtually duke it out. It is, of course, streaming live on YouTube and Twitch.

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LoLoLoL: Gag Mode Comes To League Of Legends

By Alice O'Connor on April 1st, 2014.

RofL

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.

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