League of Legends: Game info
Currently the most popular PC game of the moment, League of Legends is one of the games of this generation responsible for major esports growth.
It's a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game which pits two teams of five against one another. Each player selects a champion from a pool of more than 120, each with their own unique traits and abilities. Securing kills and objectives will reward players with more gold, allowing them to purchase new items and become more powerful.
Action takes place on Summoner's Rift, a square map with three core 'lanes' - top, middle and bottom.
A team must progress from their corner of the map to the opposite corner, taking turrets along the way, and must destroy the opposing team's base (or Nexus). Players assume the role of top-laner, jungler (who roams the map and kills computer-controlled monsters for gold), mid-laner, ADC (attack damage carry) and support, with the latter two typically playing in the bottom lane.
Its strategic gameplay, free-to-play business model and high skill cap has lent itself well to competitive play and has amassed 100 million player accounts across the world.
League of Legendsis a fast-paced, competitive online game that blends the speed and intensity of an RTS with RPG elements. Two teams of powerful champions, each with a unique design and playstyle, battle head-to-head across multiple battlefields and game modes. With an ever-expanding roster of champions, frequent updates and a thriving tournament scene, League of Legendsoffers endless replayability for players of every skill level.
Typical game length: 30-50mins
Price: Free (with optional in-game microtransactions)
Publisher: Riot Games
Notable tournaments: Championship Series, World Championship, LCK, LPL, LMS, Intel Extreme Masters
Popularity: 100m+ player accounts
Twitch: 103.5m hours watched in October 2016 across all viewers
Launched: October 2009
Pegi age rating: 12
Other Pegi info: Realistic looking violence towards non human looking characters, non realistic looking violence towards human characters