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League of Legends

League of Legends' Jhin is out, already sparking balance discussion


With a premium skin
Feb 02
// Chris Carter
Jhin the Virtuoso is now available in League of Legends, and there's a handy Spotlight available to show you what he can do. One of his main gimmicks involves shooting off four bullets, after which he has to momentarily reloa...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' Shen just got a rework, watch him in action


Go ninja go
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
Every so often, MOBA developers take a look at old characters who may aren't doing so well, and give them a makeover. This is commonly referred to as a "rework," and League of Legends' Shen is next on the chopping block. The ...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' Jhin sounds like the ultimate carry


'The Virtuoso'
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
Riot Games has unveiled its latest Champion for League of Legends in Jhin, "The Virtuoso." He's a bit of an odd duck, in that he has to reload his gun, and his attacks don't do as much crit damage by design -- rather, he...
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League of Legends

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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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...
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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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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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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

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

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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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...
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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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League of Legends

'Online harassment is not an impossible problem,' says Riot


Online abuse drops to two percent
Jul 09
// Vikki Blake
"How do you introduce governance into a society that didn't have one before?" That's the question posed by - and to - League of Legends developer Riot, as it grapples with unacceptable behaviour and online toxicity.  Acc...
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League of Legends

League of Legends gives Gangplank and Miss Fortune a makeover


That must be the hottest orange ever
Jul 08
// Joe Parlock
League of Legends’ favourite pirates, Gangplank and Miss Fortune, have had a bit of a facelift in the newest update to the popular Moba. Both have been in the game for quite a long time now: Gangplank having been around...
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League

Riot is selling skin variation packs again for League of Legends


These should be free character rewards
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Riot Games is bringing Chroma Packs back to League of Legends. For those of you unfamiliar with them, you'll be able to basically recolor your Champions' skins with them. You can buy them for your champs (Zac, Morgana, Darius...
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League of Legends

Riot is teasing 'The River King' for League of Legends


Interesting
Jun 18
// Chris Carter
Riot Games is currently working on two new champions (one was Ekko, another is a tank, and another is a support) for League of Legends, and everyone is clamoring for a tank sooner than later. As of today, they're teasing The...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' latest patch focuses on Caitlyn and Twisted Treeline


Patch 5.11
Jun 10
// Chris Carter
Yesterday I posted a roundup for the five recent Champions to hit League of Legends, and it was just in time, it seems, for a massive patch in the form of 5.11. This one focuses on Caitlyn and the Twisted Treeline specif...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' fun Hexakill mode is going away again


Going, going, gone
Jun 08
// Chris Carter
Earlier last year, the folks over at Riot Games opened up the Hexakill game mode for League of Legends. The idea was simple -- take a five-player map and add an extra player to it, creating all sorts of crazy match-ups and te...
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Riot Games

Riot Games goes in-depth with League of Legends' new HUD update


I'm liking it
Jun 05
// Chris Carter
League of Legends is getting an overhaul in the UI department, in an effort to make the playspace less obscured for players. One of the chief enhancements is to show abilities immediately as they come off cooldown, so yo...
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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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