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LoL bans

League of Legends debuts near-instant punishment system for toxic players

Quick draw on the ban hammer
May 25
// Nic Rowen
Just this weekend I was chatting with a friend of mine who told me he recently quit LoL after several years of playing because he just couldn't put up with the scumlords and jerkbags that seem to make up a large portion of th...
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League of Legends

League of Legends getting championship winner skins

$1 million wasn't enough of a prize? Fine then, have these
Apr 29
// Laura Kate Dale
Picture the scene if you will. You're a member of Korean League of Legends team Samsung Galaxy White. You've just come first in the 2014 League of Legends World Championships. You've walked away with $1 million in prize money...
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Bard the Wandering Caretaker will soon join the cast of League of Legends

That's one huge beard
Feb 26
// Chris Carter
Riot Games continues to truck on with League of Legends, which is still going strong years later. Its newest Champion to join up is Bard, described as "The Wandering Caretaker." He'll make use of chimes spread about the map, ...
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League of Legends

Riot Games building dedicated network for League of Legends traffic

On track for the end of March
Jan 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
Riot Games has been toiling away on a new network designed to improve player connections to League of Legends. Detailed in a forum thread, this dedicated network will provide more direct connections to game servers,...
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League of Legends

League of Legends getting arena-like Ascension mode

Take down Xerath
Sep 11
// Chris Carter
Riot Games revealed a new ogame mode this week for League of Legends -- Ascension. You'll basically be working together to defeat Xerath, located at the center of the map. Once defeated, you'll earn extra stats, a ...
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DDoS Attack

DDoS attack on Sony servers?

Blizzard, Riot Games, and Grinding Gear also victimized
Aug 24
// Frank van t Ende
[Update: Sony has issued an update on the outage: "Network update: our engineers are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them. We'll keep you posted - sorry for the inconvenience."] Earlier today, PlayStation users...
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Even if you aren't into League of Legends, watch this cinematic

'A New Dawn'
Jul 22
// Jordan Devore
I don't play League of Legends and I'm not sure that I ever will, but this "A New Dawn" cinematic is pretty damn cool, regardless. You don't need to know the game or its characters to enjoy it. Graves' eyebrow raise at around 3:19? Perfect.
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League cosplay video

League of Legends is my favorite anime: Cosplay from Anime Expo

Or as I like to call it, 'Japanimation'
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
Actually, Ping Pong: The Animation is my favorite anime right now. Cannot stop gushing over it. And League of Legends might not even be an anime, despite its presence at Anime Expo, now that I think of it. I mean, is it even from Japan?! Actually The Simpsons is probably my favorite anime of all time. 
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Riot Games

Riot's offering cash to new employees that want to quit

Introducing the Queue Dodge
Jun 20
// Brett Makedonski
With the massive success of League of Legends, Riot Games has needed to do quite a bit of hiring. Like any company in that position, it's found that not all new staff members are a good fit with the team's culture. That's why...
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League of Legends

Riot Games details Summoner's Rift update in exhaustive dev blog

Nutshell: It's gonna look a lot prettier and play mainly the same
Jun 06
// Brittany Vincent
With the update to League of Legends' Summoner's Rift, Riot Games has released a dev blog outlining new additions and alterations, why specific changes were made and the decision-making processes behind them. There'll be addi...
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League of Legends

Riot launches Fantasy LCS for League of Legends

Digital sports
May 16
// Jordan Devore
League of Legends fans can now create their own fantasy leagues and draft North American and European League Championship Series pros with Riot Games' new Fantasy LCS beta. Once you create or join a four-, six-, or eight-per...
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League of Legends

League of Legends reveals new support champ, Braum

The Heart of the Freljord
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
Riot Games has revealed their newest champion for League of Legends, and it happens to be Braum -- the Heart of the Freljord. Braum is a support champion, and he'll have abilities like his passive, which allow his allies to s...

League of Legends sees 27 million people playing DAILY

Over seven million playing concurrently
Jan 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that League of Legends sees 27 million playing the MOBA daily. DAILY! This more than doubles the 12 million counted back in October 2012. Over 7.5 million people play the game concurrently...

These ten free-to-play games made over $3B last year

Jan 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Super Data Research has released their digital sales review of 2013, analyzing how much revenue was made from free-to-play, mobile, console, and PC digital content. In the free-to-play category, the top ten games based on rev...
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League of Legends kicks off Season 4

Also, a new patch
Jan 17
// Chris Carter
Riot Games has kicked off Season 4 of League of Legends, which will eventually lead to the massively large League Finals match. If you're interested, you can watch upcoming matches like the North American LCS Spring Spli...

World of Warcraft designer Greg Street now at Riot Games

WoW vs. LoL
Jan 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street has joined Riot Games as lead game designer. Previously Greg was lead systems designer on World of Warcraft where and his involvements with the game were huge. He led half of the design team, and ov...
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League champion

A new champion appears: Yasuo joins League of Legends

Dec 13
// Steven Hansen
Mitsurugi Yasuo is the latest fighter to join the Real Sport that is spreading faster than boogie fever,  League of Legends. He's trying to avenge a dead mentor or some such cliche and can be dressed as a cowboy. You mi...
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League of Legends

Pro League of Legends players can stream anything again

Riot changed its mind
Dec 09
// Joshua Derocher
Earlier this week Riot decided to block any pro League of Legend player from streaming any competing MOBA. Riot has now decided to reverse this decision, and players can stream any game they wish. Riot says that it originally...
The DTOID Show is shot in front of a live car audience
Hey hey! This video was supposed to go up yesterday afternoon, but a series of unfortunate events resulted in it going up very late last night, and then internet witchcraft prevented me from putting up a post. So, if you don...

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Riot censoring

Riot censors what pro players can stream via contracts

So much for healthy competition
Dec 04
// Patrick Hancock
Riot Games, the company behind the super-popular MOBA League of Legends, apparently doesn't like competition. Contract details uncovered by onGamers show an explicit list of games that players participating in Season 4 o...
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Warcraft 3 Orianna mod

League of Legends' Orianna modded into Warcraft III

Modders are awesome
Dec 03
// Joshua Derocher
Modder Cokemonkey11 has created a mod that lets you play as Orianna, the Lady of Clockwork from League of Legends, in Warcraft III. Cokemonkey11 says that this mod has "over a thousand lines of code," so this wasn't an easy ...
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LoL Team Builder

League of Legends adding easy way to choose roles

Everyone can get what they want
Oct 21
// Joshua Derocher
Over on the League of Legends' forum, Riot Lyte went into some details about a new feature the studio wants to introduce called "Team Builder." This will let players pick the role they want to fill, or the champion they ...
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League of Legends music

League of Legends has an official music video for Jinx

Get Jinxed
Oct 09
// Joshua Derocher
League of Legends upcoming hero, Jinx, has her own music video now with an original song called "Get Jinxed" with vocals by Agnete Kjølsrud. It's a pretty fun little video showing off the personality of the new hero, ...
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LoL Championship 2013

This is what the LoL 2013 Finals event looks like

Straight from the Staples Center
Oct 05
// Chris Carter
The League of Legends Finals have came and went, live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles among a crowd of 13,000 fans. For those who are following along, Korea's SK Telecom T1 toppled China's Royal Club for a majo...
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League of Legends

The League of Legends 2013 Championship has a winner

An intense series comes to an end
Oct 05
// Chris Carter
It's been a pretty crazy ride, but SK Telecom T1 has won the League of Legends Finals tonight over the course of three games. SKT played a pretty competitive set all around with some great plays by Faker and Piglet, and they really deserve the win. Congrats guys!
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League of Legends

The League of Legends Championship Finals is today

Royal Club vs. SK Telecom T1
Oct 04
// Chris Carter
Tonight at 11 EST, the League of Legends Finals for the World Championship of Season 3 will begin. The competitors will be China's Royal Club, and Korea's SK Telecom T1 as they square off live at the Staples Center in Lo...
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LoL eSports

League of Legends has a new, Coke Zero-sponsored series

lol, esports
Oct 04
// Steven Hansen
Good news, aspiring professional League of Legends players. No, Pizza Hut isn't having a 5 for 6 deal. Rather, Riot Games has partnered with Coke Zero (gross) for a new challenger series, "that will run in tandem with the Lea...
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Sportsmanlike players win more in League of Legends

PSA: Don't be a jerkface
Sep 12
// Jordan Devore
Whether you're into League of Legends, Dota 2, or are just some sort of MOBA-playing fiend -- where do you find the time? -- the message of this PSA video from Riot Games should ring true. Teamwork and keeping your cool are ...
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League of Legends skin

League of Legends adds hilarious 'Forecast Janna' skin

This is one of the best skins in a long time
Sep 06
// Chris Carter
Riot Games is known to add a ton of silly references into League of Legends, and that's part of the reason why I love it so much. This week's bonus is "Forecast Janna," a skin for an existing Champion that adds a humorous bi...
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LoL compromised

NA League of Legends account info compromised

Password reset incoming in North America
Aug 20
// Jordan Devore
Riot Games has issued a security update that applies to North American players of League of Legends. Account information -- including usernames, transaction records from 2011, and hashed and salted passwords and credit card n...

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