Posts Tagged ‘Riot Games’

IEM drops League of Legends from its 2017 schedule

League of Legends

League of Legends [official site] has been dropped from Intel Extreme Masters pro-gaming events as it is no longer viable to try to work around LoL developer Riot’s own pro-gaming calendar. IEM is a professional gaming tournament season run by the ESL organisation. It features a varied lineup of games and hosts high-profile LAN competitions in various locations around the world. The huge shindig in Katowice, Poland, where the season culminates in a world championship is potentially the best-known.

Now, according ESL’s VP of pro-gaming, Michal Blicharz, who takes care of IEM, League of Legends is being benched for the 2017-18 season because it’s simply too hard to work around Riot’s own leagues, competitions and team transfer periods. Read the rest of this entry »

League of Legends: The MSI 2017 winners are…

LoL MSI 2017 crowd

PREAMBLE BEFORE THE JUMP BECAUSE SPOILERS BLAH BLAH BLAH AND REMINDER THAT THE MID-SEASON INVITATIONAL IS THE CROSS-REGIONAL TOURNAMENT BETWEEN SPRING AND SUMMER. IT’S A TOURNAMENT IN ITS OWN RIGHT BUT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE DOING WELL AT MSI HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR SEEDING FOR THE WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIP ETC ETC!

The winners of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2017 tournament are: Read the rest of this entry »

League of Legends: How they choose champ skins

Gnar

I was wondering whether to ping the League of Legends blog post about how they choose champion skins, why some champs get more skins than others and a bunch of other skin-based rigmarole over to Graham for the Sunday Papers but it was interesting enough that it stands alone. Skins are the digital cosmetic changes you can pick up to give characters in the game a different outfit or look. In MOBAs like League and Dota they’re one of the ways you monetise free to play, enticing players to drop a few dollars here and there to spice up a favourite or collect a cool-looking set. I myself have spent COUGH COUGH COUGH on skins and similar in MOBAs so I’m fascinated to know how and why they get made, which champs are favoured and – if at all possible – when I can expect Rek’Sai to get a Beyonce-tastic sparkly disco makeover. RITO PLS. Read the rest of this entry »

League of Legends adds long-awaited practice tool

Practice Tool

The promised Practice Tool for players looking to hone their League of Legends [official site] skills (and thus turn everyone into the next Faker because, really, access to a Practice Tool was the only thing standing between me and him) is now available on updated game clients and has an excellent announcement trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

The Riftwalk: A quasi-museum for League of Legends

Riftwalk

As part of their ever-more-complex beast of a roadshow, League of Legends [official site] developer Riot have put together The Riftwalk. It’s a physical tribute to their game which converts an area into a kind of curated photo opportunity, showcase and archive which brings together fan creations and official artwork under one roof. So it’s a private museum of sorts which pays tribute to the game and rewards fans with a kind of feelgood acknowledgement of a shared enthusiasm.

When I was in LA for the League of Legends 2016 World Championship finals I had a peek at some of the fan events (there was a concert and a cosplay showcase) in addition to the Riftwalk itself situated just outside the Staples Center. My curiosity about the Riftwalk experience and whether Riot were actively archiving their game in any traditional ways were topics I discussed with Jess Frucht who works on Creator Support (the bit of the company that scouts out and builds relationships with great cosplayers, fan artists and the like) and thus has a big hand in the development of The Riftwalk. Read the rest of this entry »

League of Legends taking Worlds 2017 to China

Worlds 2017

League of Legends’ [official site] developer, Riot, has announced the 2017 season’s main event locations – the Mid-Season Invitational will be setting up shop in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro while the World Championship will be spending a month moving around China to top off the season. There are also some structural changes which are interesting if you follow the professional LoL scene like me so read on for a bit more. Everyone else can go make a cup of tea and I’ll catch up with you later. Read the rest of this entry »

League of Legends: How the snow came back to the Rift

Santa BaronThe wintry version of League of Legends’ [official site] Summoner’s Rift map was a welcome sight for fans when it returned for season 6. The snow had previously been curtailed after the map was given an overhaul because the newly hand-painted environment could no longer be reskinned with festive tiling textures. Now the devs have posted a bit more insight into the process behind the winter wonderland and, as someone interested in game artwork, it was an interesting read. Read the rest of this entry »