League of Legends

Release: October 27. 2009 (but content refers to 2012 updates onwards)

Publisher: Riot Games

Developer: Riot Games

Country: United States of America

Genre: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)

Platform: Microsoft Windows, macOS


Image credit: League of Legends Logo. Retrieved July 24, 2019 via Riot Games – https://www.riotgames.com/en/press

League of Legends is an online multiplayer game launched in 2009 by Riot Games. Following the format of its early predecessors, Aeon of Strife (a custom map for Starcraft) and Defense of the Ancients (A custom map for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaosand The Frozen Throne), League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (frequently abbreviated to “MOBA”) and boasts the world largest online gaming community. MOBAs are a subgenre of real-time strategy games that typically pit two teams—consisting of players who control a single champion and periodically-spawned NPCs (Non-player characters) that travel down pre-set paths—against each other, with the end goal of destroying the opposing team’s main structure.

In league of legends, players play as an unseen Summoner, who controls one of the 145 (as of July 2019) powerful champions in multiple different game modes: 1) Summoner’s Rift, a three-lane 5v5 map; 2) The Twisted Treeline, a two-lane 3v3 map; 3) Howling Abyss, a one-lane random character 5v5 map; 4) Randomly cycled or seasonal game maps; and 5) Teamfight Tactics, a new “auto chess” style game mode.

LGBTQ references in this game:

Varus (introduced in 2012)


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