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LoL Gets 27 Million Players A Day And Other BIG NUMBERS

Time for more numbers from the LUDICROUSPHERE, aka League of Legends. The MOBA with mo' mo(nies) than any other ba is now at 27 million players per day. 27 million different people. Every day. And per month? 67 million unique human beings, each snowflakes in their own rights, all crashing blizzard-like into Riot's behemoth. Those are impressive numbers, certainly. RPS, however, would like to announce some…

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Riot In The Street: Lead WoW Dev Becomes Lead LoL Dev

And so it all comes full circle. Blizzard's games may have been the MOBA genre's none-too-pretty spawning pit, but League of Legends, DOTA 2, and the like took the torch - whether Blizzard wanted to pass it or not. So it's not entirely surprising to see people like Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street, former lead systems designer on World of Warcraft, at Riot. Sure, Heroes of the…

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Riot Changes Mind On Pro LoL Streams, But Issues Persist

The witch is dead, League of Legends pros can once again stream whatever they want, and eSports is saved! OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit, but I really didn't like the potential implications of Riot's decision to contractually forbid its pros from streaming Dota 2, Hearthstone, World of Tanks, and tens of other extremely popular games. Fortunately, after copious uproarious outcry, Riot decided to…

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Feature: LoL eSports vs The World

Why Riot Really Needs To Rethink Pro Stream Restrictions

When I wrote my Homeric epic about attending League of Legends' Championship Series, one of my biggest fears was that Riot's stranglehold on its own game's eSports scene could eventually suffocate pros and the scene itself. A game creator, after all, will inevitably have different priorities than a dyed-in-the-wool sports organization - especially compared to the way eSports leagues currently operate. And yet, here we…

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Feature: Growing Pains

An Outsider’s Critique Of LoL Esports’ Biggest Stage

I came, I saw, someone else conquered. Last weekend, I attended League of Legends' Championship Series finals, which - in an undeniably historic moment for eSports - were held in Los Angeles' Staples Center, a venue that's played host to thousands upon thousands of fans through countless professional basketball games, boxing matches, and hockey games. Also, er, WWE Summerslams. League has, in other words, entered…

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LoL Adding Smart Team Builder For Pickup Matches

A bad League of Legends pickup match can be like showing up to a party wearing the exact same outfit as someone else. It's super awkward, and you almost immediately start arguing over who gets to slaughter your mutual enemies and their pets while everyone else keeps one of you from keeling over. "I owned this dress first! And I'm a way better AP Carry…

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Harleague Of Legends Quinn: Jinx Is Latest LoL Champion

Now, the secret to that painfully convoluted subhead is to say "Harleague of Legends" as though it's one word. Then Quinn. Get it? DO YOU? DO YOU, HUH? HUH? YOU WEASELY LITTLE- sorry. Got a little worked up. Must be leftover fury from the League of Legends pickup game I just played. Point is, LoL's new champion Jinx is kind of like Harley Quinn from…

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Even EVE’s Lead Designer Has Left For LoL

Riots have a way of enveloping, possessing, and changing even the most unlikely of passersby, and so too does Riot Games. The League of Legends developer has expanded its more-than-a-thousand-deep talent pool to the point of near-ludicrousness, hungrily slurping up the best and brightest from games and other media alike. The latest? Why, none other than EVE Online lead designer Kristoffer Touborg, that most Borgiest of…

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Go Team! – US Gov’t Declares Pro LoL Players Athletes

As a US citizen, it's my sacred duty to hate the US government more than just about anyone, but this is still a pretty monumental occasion. No, an eagle-blood-signed document proclaiming League of Legends pros athletes doesn't make it official in the eyes of culture that absolutely loves its arbitrary labels, but it does grant players some pretty cool rights.

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Greenlit: Game Dev Tycoon, RIOT, More

There are so many videogames! More than I can count with my entire, exceedingly creepy plaster hand collection. Valve tries its darndest to get the best ones on Steam, but they just keep coming. Perhaps throwing the towering Select-O-Tron 9000 and 3/5 into hyperdrive is the answer? Valve's having a go at it, at least, and so far the result's been smaller batches of games at…

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Thank You: LoL’s Sejuani Gets Sensible Redesign

League of Legends is notorious for a lot of things: a steep yet rewarding learning curve, a sometimes less-than-cuddly community, making all the money and stealing all your friends and leaving you painfully alone/playing Heroes of Newerth, etc. And then, of course, there's that other thing people don't talk about nearly enough: shamelessly exposed, highly impractical female character designs. Yes, it's fantasy. Yes, it's fiction.…

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Riot Explains League Of Legends Downtime, Huge Queues

It hasn't been a good week for League of Legends. Between all the ups and downs and incredibly long (multiple hour) queues, Riot's flagship has been looking less like a MOBA and more like a theme park rollercoaster. North American servers, especially, have been out-and-out unavailable for hours at a time, and players, naturally, have felt quite a tingling in their pitchfork-and-torch regions. To its…

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