1. League of Legends is the first and only Riot Games game.
Riot Games was founded in 2002, and League of Legends was officially released in October 2009. For all these years and to the present, this game was the first and remains the only one created by the studio Riot Games. As of 2015, more than 1,300 employees worked in the company’s various offices located in 19 different countries.
2. In 2013, LoL was recognized as an official sport in the US
In July 2013, the US government awarded the League of Legends Championship Series professional tournament the status of an official sports event. In fact, this means that esports teams have received the same status as the NBA, NHL, or any other professional sports league. Recently, esports has been recognized as an official sport in Russia, which opens up new opportunities for all fans of the game for a professional career.
3. League of Legends is one of the most popular games in the world.
More than 69 million people play League of Legends every month, 29 million a day, and more than 8.5 million simultaneously during peak hours. League is one of the most popular games and the most popular MOBA game in the world, occupying 66% of the market volume.
4. League of Legends is not only a online game, but also an opportunity to earn good money.
After playing all the games of the regular season of the Continental League League of Legends, players can count on 168 thousand rubles of guaranteed minimum income from the subsidies of Riot Games. This, of course, is not the limit of dreams, but for a young graduate or student, it is quite a good independent income. And if you add here 1,500,000 rubles, which the winner of the Continental League takes, but it becomes quite good.
5. At any given time, there are 10 to 15 new champions in development.
Immediately after the game was released back in 2009, only 40 champions were available to players. And the very first of them were created by Twisted Fate, Singed, Annie, Sivir, Sion and Lee Sin. Since then, their number has steadily increased. The developers are so actively working on new champions that at any given time there is active work on at least eight new characters. At the moment, there are more than 120 different champions to choose from in the game.
6. The audience of League of Legends viewers is larger than that of hockey.
Hockey is one of the most popular team sports games on the planet. And League of Legends is one of the most popular games in the world. But it would seem: where is hockey and where is esports? And yet, the final of the 2015 League of Legends World Championship, which was held in Berlin, was watched by 36 million unique viewers and this is four times more than the audience for the most popular match in the history of the NHL — the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
7. The League of Legends World Championship has a very solid main prize.
You can argue for a very long time about computer games and their place in our lives, but the fact remains that esports has long ceased to be the lot of closed, unsociable teenagers and has turned into a huge industry with very serious people and no less serious money. In 2013, the grand prize of the League of Legends World Championship was $1,000,000. And in 2014 and 2015, the grand prize rose to a record $2,300,000.
8. Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez made a fortune playing in League of Legends.
Spanish esports player Carlos Rodriguez, better known by the nickname Ocelote, is one of the most famous players in League of Legends. He started playing it at the very beginning of the game’s development as an esports discipline. In the best years of his career, Carlos earned $1,000,000 a year. These amounts consisted of prize money for winning tournaments, regular salary as a team player, earnings from streaming and watching videos on YouTube, and various sponsorship contracts.
9. The MOBA genre itself was invented by Riot Games
As you probably know, the game League of Legends belongs to the genre of MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, literally — “multiplayer online battle arena”). And although League of Legends is not the first game in this style, but the name of the genre itself was invented by Riot Games. Just to distance yourself from DotA and show that League of Legends is a separate game with significantly expanded features.
10. League of Legends is the most beginner-friendly MOBA game.
According to many gaming publications, of all the games belonging to the genre of Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, it is League of Legends that is the easiest to learn. LOL has the lowest entry threshold, as even someone who has never played such games can understand it. However, according to the same publications, League of Legends has the fastest pace of the game compared to Heroes of Newerth and Dota 2.