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League of Legends

3 days ago

Riot executive reportedly suspended for two months for inappropriate behaviour

Riot Games have punished chief operating officer Scot Gelb with two months' unpaid suspension plus a little training, Kotaku report, for his highly visible role in the recent public revelations that Riot's workplace culture is a trash fire. Gelb was the fella alleged to have slapped other men's testicles, dry humped co-workers, and farted in faces. When the League Of Legends developers broadly acknowledged complaints…

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4 days ago

League Of Legends dropping Windows XP and Vista in 2019

Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP and Vista years ago, but the vintage operating systems have still been supported by an ever-dwindling number of games - a number which will dwindle further when League Of Legends ditches them in 2019. Part of what made the MOBA a mega-hit was that it can on pretty much any PC built in the past 15 years, but…

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1 month ago

Two Riot Games folks sue the company for sexual discrimination

One former and one current employee of Riot Games are suing the League Of Legends developers, claiming they have "been denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women" as well as having suffered in that festering workplace culture of sexual discrimination and harrassment. They accuse Riot of behaviour including "violation of the California Equal Pay Act" and "failure to prevent discrimination,…

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3 months ago

Riot Games fire at least one employee after diversity panel backlash

Less than two weeks ago, League of Legends developer Riot Games apologised for their reportedly inappropriate workplace culture and promised to “rebuild” to the extent that they would “become a leader on diversity, inclusion, and culture.” Now, they’ve fired at least one developer for defending the sessions that they held at PAX West that were only open to women and non-binary participants.

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4 months ago

Riot Games apologise for workplace culture they let fester, vow to ‘become a leader on diversity, inclusion, and culture’

Following numerous reports claiming that Riot Games have long suffered an inappropriate and sexist workplace culture and resisted many attempts to even critique it, let alone change it, the League Of Legends studio have vowed to "rebuild" their culture and "leave no room for sexism or misogyny". A Kotaku report earlier in August drew from 28 current and former Riot employees, painting a picture of…

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5 months ago

League Of Legends experimental Nexus Blitz mode may become permanent

At this point, the MOBA formula feels as well-worn as football, so one of the biggest games out there (potentially) introducing a permanent new playmode is exciting. Nexus Blitz is a new map and mode in testing for League Of Legends, currently playable in early form in the Public Beta Environment. It's a small, messy map with one split lane (plus jungle) where teams are…

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6 months ago

League of Legends’s Clash tourneys delayed indefinitely

Sometimes, even giants can have an off day. Or week. Or few months. League of Legends's new Clash mode (automated, paid tournaments with cosmetic prizes) is officially mothballed until further notice, after an initial failure to launch back in May. In a new development blog post, League lead producer Joseph 'New001' Tung details the technical problems they've been encountering, and why it's going to take…

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7 months ago

League Of Legends Clash? More like LoL Crash!!!

This past weekend was supposed to see the grand debut of the new Clash tournaments in League Of Legends, three-day automated competitions where anyone could form a team and pay a little to enter in the hope of winning glory and cosmetic doodads. It did not turn out that way. When Clash launched on Friday, it was undermined by bugs which caused matches to not…

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Feature: A cup runneth over

League of Legends’ Clash tournaments are everything I’d like Dota’s Battle Cups to be

Competitive games like League of Legends, Dota 2 and Overwatch are at their best when you play them... competitively. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of fun to be had tooling around in casual play - relaxed environments are great for hanging out with friends, or just being silly. It's how I spend 95% of my time playing those sort of games. That other 5%…

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League of Legends next hero is a vengeful ghostpirate

Best lag your timbers, as the next character/hero/champion/wizard coming to League Of Legends is Pyke, the Bloodharbor Ripper, a drowned pirate who's returned from the dead for revenge. He's a moody boy, and a stabby one at that. he's lobbing bone harpoons, swimming into the ghostly ocean apparently unseen around us at all times, dropping drowned spirits, and growling things like "I remember the day…

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10 months ago

S/S/A/W 18: League Of Legends’ new annual Ultimate skin is Gun Goddess Miss Fortune

Now is about time to start for us to start considering our spring wardrobes, but for League Of Legends it's time for an even rarer wardrobe change. Once every year or two, Riot Games release a new Ultimate-grade skin for one character in their MOBA, an expensive makeover with a new look with new animations and effects and all. This year, the lucky recipient is…

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League of Legends publishes its Hextech loot crate odds

As various governmental forces consider imposing restrictions on the sale of boxes of random goodies in games, it seems that at least one major industry player has decided to demystify the process of earning and buying loot crates, perhaps trying to preempt more popular legal proposals to make publishing such details mandatory. In a fairly lengthy guide (which Riot say will be updated as and…

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1 year ago

Feature: The Loose Canon

Best PC games of all time

There are more wonderful games being released on PC each month than ever before. In such a time of plenty, it's important that you spend your time as wisely as possible. Thankfully, we're here to help. What follows are our picks for the best PC games ever made.

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Riot Games founders return to active game development

It's hard to deny the impact of League of Legends [official site] on the modern gaming scene. Instrumental in the foundation of modern game streaming thanks to driving interest to sites such as Twitch, and partly responsible for the enormous success of the MOBA genre as a whole, League itself seems to exist within its own ecosystem, free of networks such as Steam or Battle.net. Riot have…

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League of Legends bins level cap, bigs up blue essence

A major upcoming League of Legends [official site] update should provide newcomers and low-level players with more useful goodies during their first steps in the game. That's thanks to a new reward system, which scraps one form of in-game currency and instead hopes to provide players with unlocks appropriate to their level. That means levelling is also changing so the current level cap of 30…

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Footballer Edgar Davids scores in legal battle over League of Legends skin

Dutch former footballer Edgar Davids has slammed a dunk on League of Legends developers Riot Games in the legal arena. Davids claimed that his likeness was inspiration for the footballing 'Striker' costume sold for gunslinging LoL character Lucian and he should be compensated for it, and a Dutch court agreed. Eurogamer report that Riot Games must now calculate how much money the skin made in…

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Shop from anywhere with League of Legends’ grumpy demigod Ornn

Riot invest so much in the rollout of new and revamped champions that I'm always curious to see which stories and personalities have joined the League of Legends [official site] fray. Ornn is a grumpy, fluffy blacksmith demigod who appears to be channelling my horrible I-have-a-cold-and-don't-you-dare-make-reasonable-demands-of-me mood. I'll go through his kit in a moment (there's a brand new debuff to play with and a…

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Imagine Dragons. Go on. Imagine them.

Sometimes I don't think we make the most of being a blog and thus less formal than our online counterparts. I mean, I was thinking about it today and there's... nothing stopping me from writing a news story just to announce that Warriors by Imagine Dragons is still out there and I'm still listening to it and that it's still the pinnacle of League of…

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