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League of Legends' newest champion tease reminds me of the Hannibal TV show


This is Riot's design
Jan 07
// Chris Carter
Riot Games is teasing its next Champion for League of Legends, by way of a video called "Mind of the Virtuoso." Sporting a Dishonored-like mask, they artfully turn someone into a tree with a bullet, which reminds me of ...

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League of Legends

Awesome: Goku's voice actress is playing Wukong for Japan's League of Legends server


Haha
Jan 06
// Chris Carter
Riot Games seems to really be pulling out all the stops for the Japanese version of League of Legends, getting top-notch talent from the anime sector to provide voiceovers. That includes actress Masako Nozawa, who is legendar...

We investigated Riot Games' new owner and its Chinese social credit system

Jan 05 // Mike Cosimano
[embed]330544:61689:0[/embed] Before we can break down the impact that Sesame Credit could have on Riot Games (and I believe such an impact is plausible), we have to come to an understanding regarding the system. According to Extra Credits: "The owners of China's biggest social networks have partnered with the government to create something akin to the US credit score. They dredge data from your social networks, so post something about the recent stock market crash and your score goes down. Post something from the state-sponsored news agency about how good the economy's doing, and your score goes up. But Alibaba and Tencent are also the largest retailers in China, so Sesame Credit is also able to pull data from your purchases." There are benefits for high scores, and the possibility of consequences for low-scoring citizens -- as is the case with the American credit score. The system also notifies you of social media friends with low scores, and will lower your own score just for associating. Extra Credits paints a bleak, dystopian picture -- but Destructoid user Nonymous believes it's not quite as bad as some think. We can look at a comment like this, deflating fears about the Chinese government, and assume we have a propaganda official in the mix, but I'm going with the simplest explanation on this one -- people from China definitely visit this site, and comment sections are 50% corrections anyway. Nonymous claims Tencent and Alibaba are just one of eight companies working on credit systems at the behest of the government in the hopes of cleaning up China's banking system. "Alibaba created Sesame Credit, and while it does factor in purchases, it's explicitly stated to not factor in Social Media or who your friends are. It does factor in things like professional conduct, or crimes, or fiscal responsibility," our mystery Dtoider said. "Tencent's system, conversely, is just plain evil, as it does factor in social media. Judging by the wealth of news articles about Alibaba's system in favor of Tencent's systems, nobody appears to be using Tencent's system. This is good, because their system is quite literally the devil, and I don't think that it'll be chosen." That last sentence is particularly interesting, because it not only implies China might avoid Tencent's system altogether, but also that six other companies are in the mix as well -- possibly working on systems that score citizens exclusively on monetary factors. [Image Credit: Rico Shen] Nonymous' comment is supplemented by this article from Tech in Asia, and even adds a new wrinkle entirely. The site makes no mention of eight separate companies, but does draw a distinction between Tencent and Alibaba, and throws a third hat in the ring: China itself. According to Tech in Asia editor Charlie Custer, the oft-mentioned government-mandated credit system, set to be implemented in 2020, is developed by the government itself. Tech in Asia, along with Wired, cite a document mirrored on a WordPress blog published by Oxford scholar Rogier Creemers. We've been unable to verify the document's veracity, and are currently waiting on comment from Creemers. Chinese newspaper Caixin, conversely, verifies the "eight companies" idea, but makes no mention of a government-mandated score. This is where Tencent comes in. Everything I've been able to find on Tencent's credit system (including Nonymous' comment) indicates that Tencent is the one people should be worried about. "Alibaba's rating is more based on people's online shopping behavior while Tencent's based on social networks. It is likely that the two will come up with different ratings for the same person," analyst Wang Weidong said in a comment to China Daily. "The credit rating service can help Tencent leverage its massive social networking data, commercialize it, and eventually boost its income." So, based on every article I've read, and the information collated above, here's what I feel comfortable believing: Tencent is making a social credit system, but one that is entirely separate from Alibaba's (aka Sesame Credit); Sesame Credit factors social elements, but is primarily financial in nature, and Tencent's credit rating is based on the "quality" of citizens' social networks. My next port of call for this story wasn't a news article, but a personal friend, who I will refer to as "Jay." She's from China, and is certainly familiar with Tencent's products, especially messenger app WeChat. "I barely send text messages in China because a lot of people use WeChat to contact each other," Jay said in an interview. WeChat also has traditional social hooks similar to Facebook or Twitter, where users can update their status -- another social credit variable. Jay is skeptical about Tencent's ability to track financial information. Tencent has an enormous amount of users who use the company's online payment system, but the purchases made through that system don't account for much of the average citizen's spending habits. However, that could easily change. Tencent recently implemented an Apple Pay-esque feature for WeChat, where users can use funds in their WeChat wallet to pay their bill in physical stores like Carrefour -- one of the largest retail chains in the world. Not to force video games into this wide-reaching discussion, but should Tencent's system defy expectations and take off, this could have negative repercussions for League of Legends. Alibaba's rival credit system labels people who play video games for ten hours or more as "idle," while Tencent owns one of the most popular free-to-play games in the world. Under Tencent's system, would citizens be thus incentivized to make frequent LoL purchases, since they are technically supporting a Chinese business? Or would Tencent be forced to disown its recent acquisition in favor of making its system appear more productive, edging out the competition? I am not a Chinese citizen. Unless something drastic changes in the immediate future, I likely never will be. As a result, there will always be holes in my understanding of this story, but I hope I've put together a fairly comprehensive look at the controversy surrounding the folks who now own a massively influential company and its iconic product. If you have any questions, corrections, or first-hand experience, my door is always open.
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Is it as evil as people say?
When I originally reported on Chinese holding company Tencent's purchase of League of Legends developer Riot Games, I let you all down. I spent time looking into Tencent's numerous endeavors, but it appears I only s...

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Riot Games

League dev Riot Games purchased by Chinese company


Yeah, that sounds about right
Dec 18
// Mike Cosimano
Recently, League of Legends developers Riot Games inadvertently announced the acquisition of Riot by Chinese holdings company Tencent Holdings Ltd in a blog post regarding changes to the company's compensation policy. "O...
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Shkreli schadenfreude

League of Legends team chairman and general villain arrested on fraud


That guy who made medicine real pricey
Dec 17
// Steven Hansen
It would be difficult to have avoided the name (and mousy little face) Martin Shkreli if you've been online recently. Shkreli, a pharmaceutical executive, made headlines after raising the price of the life-saving drug Darapri...
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League of Legends

League of Legends promotes new Champion with a browser game


Trial of the Kraken Priestess
Nov 23
// Chris Carter
Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess, is the newest Champion on the block for League of Legends. Riot Games is allowing players to get acquainted with her tough love personality by way of a minigame, which is playable in your browser...
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My new hero

Mark Cuban: League of Legends is 'a real sport'


If anyone knows sports, it's him
Nov 22
// Jed Whitaker
If you're like me, you know the name and face of Mark Cuban, but you probably don't know a whole lot about him. I put on my detective coat and hat and did some digging (read: Wikipedia) and found that he is a businessman...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' latest character is Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess


She's a badass
Nov 11
// Chris Carter
Riot really has a knack for designing awesome looking characters -- the latest Champion for League of Legends is no exception -- and Illaoi looks particularly cool. Her conceit is that she can summon tentacles for strong...
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SK Telecom T1

Die nasty: League of Legends sees first two-time World Champion


SK Telecom T1
Nov 02
// Steven Hansen
In the League of Legends World Championship's fifth year, the contest saw a first: 2013 winners SK Telecom T1 became the first League of Legends team to win the game's top tourney twice. SK Telecom T1 actually debuted in 201...

League of Legends' Kindred sports a killer kit and beautiful design

Oct 28 // Chris Carter
[embed]317933:60896:0[/embed] "Kindred," a new jungler, is actually two characters -- Lamb and Wolf. Their dichotomy is rather interesting, as they symbolize aspects of death, with stark color contrasts to boot. While Riot Games could have half-assed the theme it really went all out, and the animations for Kindred are some of the best in the game, especially when it comes to Wolf's spirit tail effects. I also love dual characters as they have so much potential in terms of interesting skins. So what can they do? Well, Kindred is really more of an active Champion, more so than a lot of others currently on offer. Their W, which doubles as an area-of-effect attack, requires players to constantly move around to build stacks, which triggers health regeneration after attacking. Once you've launched a shot the stack resets, so you better be clicking a mile a minute to keep it up. Given the fact that their E is a slow and their Q is a vault that hits multiple foes, Kindred is a rather versatile Champion that can do a lot more than jungle. This goes double for the pair's ultimate, which creates an area-of-effect space where nothing can die (read: drop below 10% health), friend or foe, for 10 seconds. It's clearly situational and best used when losing a teamfight, but it can completely change the course of a match. By virtue of playing Kindred, players can select a Champion to "hunt" by clicking on their portrait. After killing that target, you'll gain a permanent stat increase, and a lengthy cooldown will be in place for the same player -- though you can switch it up at will. Jungling is also a ton of fun, as you can kite enemies with your range and vault ability, allowing for some interesting early game play. Their E is also perfect for setting up ganks while roaming. While Kindred is a beast, Riot might be gearing up for a nerf at some point. It's very easy to gain an advantage over lesser players by hunting them constantly, as all you need is roughly two or three people to pick on throughout the match to gain the upper hand, stat-wise. This stacks very well with armor penetration gear. In the meantime the Champion requires a ton of skill to play and relies on a good team to shine, so pick the duo up if you haven't already.
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Two characters in one
It's getting to the point where I'm starting to get lost when selecting a Champion in League of Legends. Sure, the newest kid on the block, Kindred, has a giant floating mask for an icon and the list is in alphabetical order,...

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League of Legends

League of Legends' crazy '5v5 One For All' mode returns this month


Last appearance was two years ago
Oct 15
// Chris Carter
I've been playing League of Legends since the beta, and it's crazy to think that it's been over six years since then. It's also been two years since the "One For All" gametype debuted, which pits two teams of the same ch...
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G2A

G2A gets salty about Riot dropping League of Legends sponsorship


What did they expect?
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
In case you haven't heard, Riot Games recently ended its sponsorship with G2A, a third-party key distribution site -- a move G2A calls "heavy-handed and potentially damaging." The thing is, this partnership ended in part due ...
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BBC LoL

BBC Three will livestream the League of Legends World Championships


Hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenters
Oct 08
// Laura Kate Dale
Over the last couple of years we have seen eSports become more and more accepted as a legitimate part of the public consciousness in America. Big eSports tournaments getting air time on networks like ESPN for example have bee...
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League of Legends

Riot bans key reseller G2A from sponsoring League teams


No more G2A branding at LoL events
Oct 07
// Joe Parlock
G2A is fairly infamous among game developers. The site is a third-party key reselling site, which sells game keys users have acquired (through various means), often without the permission of the developer. This means that oft...
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eSports

Popular fantasy betting site moves into eSports


Surely this can only turn out well
Sep 18
// Ben Pack
Popular podcast advertiser and fantasy sports betting service DraftKings introduced a new feature to let fans bet on eSports. The company, which is projected to give away $1 billion in prize money this year, released a video ...
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League of Legends

League of Legends is getting 'Kindred,' an interesting new Champion


Not related to Liquid Tension Experiment
Sep 16
// Chris Carter
Liquid Tension Experiment's "Kindred" is a pretty great prog rock song. What does that have to do with this article? Nothing really! Anyways, League of Legends is adding a new Champion called "Kindred" (!) to the game, I...
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Dunkey is temp banned

Popular YouTuber banned from League of Legends for being toxic


No remorse, tantrums, rage quits
Sep 14
// Jed Whitaker
If you've played League of Legends, you probably have at one time or another been linked to a video by Dunkey, a popular YouTuber who primarily produces debatably hilarious content involving League of Legends and other ...
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Almost $1,000 worth
CONTEST OVER! Winners will be selected and notified by 9/21/15 The headline kind of says it all, huh? Amazon has just started selling League of Legends currency. That happened, like, minutes ago. Isn't the Information Su...

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League of Legends

League of Legends switching to Chicago servers next week


On August 25
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
Riot Games is getting ready to switch over their central servers from the west coast to Chicago, which should help alleviate latency issues all across the country for League of Legends players. Now, we know that the publ...
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League of Legends

League of Legends servers moving to Chicago to alleviate issues


Pre-move tests were successful
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
After all these years, Riot Games still has intermittent issues with League of Legends servers -- a problem it intends to fix very soon. In the next few weeks, the company will move its servers over to the centralized lo...
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League of Legends

League of Legends streamer banned for fake swatting


Player faked a police raid
Aug 04
// Laura Kate Dale
Swatting: the act of calling armed police to an address with a fake threat of a violent crime in progress. Generally, this is done to people streaming video games live on Twitch. Two things you should not do: Swat, or fake be...
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League of Legends

Turns out League of Legends' Gangplank isn't actually dead


Surprising absolutely zero LoL fans
Aug 03
// Laura Kate Dale
If you're a League of Legends player who enjoys playing Gangplank, you likely noticed very quickly when the character was completely removed from the game last week. During Bilgewater: Burning Tides, a huge story event for Le...
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League of Legends

Riot killed my pirate husband Gangplank and removed him from League of Legends


And I will always love youuuu
Jul 30
// Joe Parlock
Only a couple of weeks ago in League of Legends, everyone’s favourite pirate Gangplank got a fresh coat of paint and some changes to how he played. He played well, he looked even better (Riot does love its fanservice), ...
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League of Legends

Pro League of Legends team goes undefeated


Sets new record by going 18-0 in LCS
Jul 26
// Ben Pack
Following its victory at League of Legends Championship Series, professional eSports team Fnatic is celebrating not only a successful regular season, but a historic achievement. The group managed to do something no other...
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eSports

Pro League of Legends player caught boosting accounts for money


ELO Busted
Jul 23
// Joe Parlock
eSports sure has had its fair share of controversy recently, huh? With drug tests being brought in as an anti-doping measure in the ESL, it seems like eSports has finally got its own Lance Armstrongs to deal with. It has now ...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' massive patch 5.14 is out


Gangplank rework and more
Jul 22
// Chris Carter
Riot Games has updated League of Legends into patch 5.14, which brings about a number of small fixes and some larger adjustments. The biggest changes are easily the Gangplank and Miss Fortune reworks, as well as the UI o...
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Gangplank

Gangplank gets a new spotlight after League of Legends rework


Meet the new pirate
Jul 21
// Chris Carter
Gangplank's rework is complete, and he'll be entering into League of Legends arena as a new man. Now instead of Grog Soaked Blade he has Trial by Fire, which periodically powers up his auto-attacks. Now, Parrrley can gr...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' massive HUD update is coming soon


With patch 5.14
Jul 17
// Chris Carter
League of Legends is getting ready to push its new HUD update with patch 5.14, and Riot Games has finalized some of the details based on fan feedback. A few of the biggest changes are the addition of teammate ultimate ti...

League of Legend's Tahm Kench is hard to play, but rewarding

Jul 10 // Chris Carter
First off, his overall design is brilliant. He's billed as a southern gentleman with an acquired taste, which works perfectly juxtaposed to his horrid visage. The character is hilarious, spouting out quotes like "I refuse to resign to culinary degradation" while devouring enemies whole, and his standard getup (as well as his chef skin) just work. It's a good balance between absurdity and fitting within the confines of the League universe. While a lot of depth lies under the surface, Kench is fairly easy to pick up, as he sports a skillshot tongue lash (Q), close-range devour (W), a passive/shield (E), and a straightforward (R) ultimate. By hitting an enemy with auto-attacks you can apply "acquired taste," which buffs tongue lash (giving it a stun) or devour. Devour specifically requires you to apply three tacks of taste before gobbling an enemy Champion, forcing Tahm Kench to be more aggressive than most people may like. It's also limited, as his movement speed is severely slowed while carrying an enemy -- so you can't instantly dive back to your own tower unless they're really aggressive. Stacks of acquired taste are shown very clearly with a fish-icon overlay, and applying a slowing debuff with tongue lash while chasing is a great way to gradually earn said stacks while an enemy is running away. Devouring enemy Champions doesn't feel cheap, as it requires a bit of finesse to pull off, and again, you're slowed as a result. His grey health regeneration passive can also be activated as a shield to deceptively increase his tankiness.  Kench's ultimate allows for a certain degree of map control since he can instantly become a "hub," so to speak, for another ally to click on. Reactivating said ultimate employs a swift means of transport to a target location in a large radial area. It's really fun to find an enemy teleporting in plain sight on the map, ult over, and tongue lash them to prevent them from running off. Likewise, you can easily set up ganks at early levels by transporting carries in and allowing them to get a kill. It's not instantaneous, though -- it takes a few seconds to channel and you have a second or so of a delay after arrival. One thing to note is that devour is a bit buggy at the moment. You're supposed to be able to tongue lash into a devour, but it doesn't work a good deal of the time. This (presumably temporary) limitation highlights the fact that if you want to play Tahm Kench at a high level, you need to work for it. Since he doesn't do much damage, you need to complement your team more than a lot of other supports. With the right amount of communication, he can shine. [embed]295757:59457:0[/embed] Playing Tahm Kench is probably the most fun I've had with League of Legends in months. He's unique from a gameplay perspective, with a personality to boot, and I think that once people start getting the hang of him, he'll be a viable pick in ranked play.
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A real southern gentleman
Despite its tenacity in the past, Riot Games hasn't added a lot of Champions to League of Legends' roster this year. You have Bard in March, Ekko in June, and now, Tahm Kench this month -- that's it. Having said all that, all three have been great additions overall, and the fishy Kench is no exception.

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Tahm Kench

Tahm Kench looks like a beast in League of Legends


Probably because he is
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
Tahmn Kench (pronounced "Tom"), is the newest Champion on the block in League of Legends. His core ability involves devouring smaller creeps, and even allied or enemy Champions, which become untargetable in his stomach -- he...

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