The game started to attract massive popularity from 2012, and has developed a very active competitive scene. Riot Games set up multiple tournaments across the globe, with the League of Legends Championship Series in North America and Europe, as well as multiple tournaments being held in China, Taiwan, South Korea and elsewhere. The tournaments are nothing to be taken lightly, however, with the League of Legends World Championship in 2013 having a grand prize total of $1 million, and the 2014 one having a grand prize total of $2.3 million. And they say playing video games all day doesn’t pay…The people who win these championships, though, literally treat the game not as a hobby but as a job, most of them being categorised as professional players, having spent years since the game was first released honing this particular ‘skill’. So while it may be all fun and games, it’s not something that I’d advise dropping college over.
Still, not everything is fun and games. Many people have criticised the League community for being particularly aggressive towards newcomers to the game, even those within the community themselves (me being one of them). In a way, the League community is ‘heated’, for lack of a better word. Many players take the game very seriously, so it’s not the best situation if you have to carry your teammates while defending your own lane. Compare it to working in a group project, where one person just clearly doesn’t get what they’re doing and you’re forced to do extra work to make up for it. However, recently Riot Games have tried to tackle this problem, with pop-ups in games urging people to swear less at their team and so on. The issue of the community mostly sorts itself out with the feature of registering a report against another user, and, to be honest, there’s not much more Riot Games can do; they’re more focused on the people who intentionally become AFK during the game, where more serious bans are placed.
However, the community is not the only fault with League of Legends. While I have to admit that the character designs are very well done, and the artwork for the champions is of a high standard, there’s one thing that I can’t help criticising, which seems to be present in most games: the pointless sexualising of the female characters.