League of Legends is a video game developed and released by Riot Games for the 2009 multiplayer online battle arena. Riot’s founders, influenced by Defense of the Ancients, tried to create a stand-alone game in the same genre. The game has been free-to-play since its release in October 2009 and is monetized by purchasable character customization. For macOS and Microsoft Windows, the game is available.
How is League Of Legends played?
Two five-player teams fight in a player versus player battle in the game. Moreover, each team will be occupying and defending its own half of the map. Each of the ten players control a character with specific skills and different play styles, known as a “champion.” During a match, the champions become more powerful to beat the opposing team by collecting experience points and buying items. In the main mode of the game, Summoner’s Rift, a team wins by moving through to the enemy base and destroying its “nexus”.
How was the response?
In general, favorable reviews were received by League of Legends. The critics majorly praised its usability, character designs, and value of the development. The game’s long life has resulted in a critical reappraisal, with a favorable trend in ratings. Since early in the game’s lifetime, the player base’s negative and abusive in-game conduct has been criticized. It persists despite Riot’s attempts to fix the problem.
The game surpassed eight million concurrent players regularly in 2019. Its success has led to tie-ins such as music videos, comic books, short stories, and an upcoming animated series. Several spin-off video games, including a smartphone edition and a downloadable collectible card game, have also resulted in its popularity. There is a massively multiplayer role-playing online game in development.
The game is sometimes referred to as the biggest sport globally, with a worldwide competitive scene consisting of 13 leagues. The 2019 League of Legends World Championship had over 100 million unique viewers, with a minimum prize pool of US$2.5 million, peaking at a concurrent audience of 44 million. The North American League is shown on the ESPN cable sports television channel.
What are the pricing levels?
The League of Legends uses a free-to-play business model. After purchasing an in-game currency called Riot Points, several forms of purely cosmetic customization can be acquired, such as “skins” that change champions’ appearance (RP). There are five main pricing levels for Skins, ranging from $4 to $25.
They have high margins of profit as virtual goods. Since 2016, there has been a loot box system in the game; virtual “chests” are purchasable with randomized, cosmetic items. These chests can be purchased outright or obtained for free at a slower pace through playing the game. There has been criticism of the practice as a form of gambling.
Are the loot boxes about to become less popular in the industry?
In 2019, Riot Games’ CEO said he hoped that loot boxes would become less popular in the industry. Other ways of monetization have also been experimented with by Riot. They launched an award scheme that can be purchased with Riot Points in August 2019. For its high cost and low performance, the device was widely criticized.