League of Legends
League of Legends
League of Legends is currently the most popular PC game and is responsible for the massive growth in both eSports participation and viewership. Each match pits two teams of five players against each other on Summoner’s Rift, a square map with three dedicated lanes — Top, middle, and bottom. Players select a unique champion from a pool of more than 120 with their own design and skillset. Completing objectives and securing kills rewards players with the necessary gold for them to purchase equipment and become stronger.
In order to claim victory, a team must advance from their corner to the opposite corner while neutralizing turrets. Their end goal is to destroy the opposition’s base (known as the Nexus).
- Platforms: PC, MacOS
- Typical game length: 30-50mins
- Players: 5v5
- Genre: MOBA
- Price: Free (with optional in-game microtransactions)
- Publisher: Riot Games
- Notable tournaments: League Championship Series, World Championship, Intel Extreme Masters
- Website: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/
- Popularity: 100m+ player accounts
- Released: October 2009
- ESRB rating: Teen
- Other ESRB info: Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB
League of Legends tournaments are typically run in a round robin group stage with top teams advancing to the playoff stage. Tournaments are often restricted to 8 teams or 16 teams with even groups of 4 teams each. The top 2 teams from each group then advance. Due to match length, group stage matches are often a best of 1. Playoffs are conducted in a best of 3 set.
In addition to tournaments, viewing parties are a huge event with some bars or other venues hosting World Championships for fans to watch their favourite teams battle it out on the big stages. The Championships themselves have been held in such venues like the Staples Center (18188 capacity) and Seoul World Cup Stadium (45000 capacity).