League of Legends is an online multiplayer game released in 2009, and has quickly grown to become one of the most popular video games in the world. It has over 100 million active players every month. It is also the world’s most popular eSport, with millions of people tuning in to watch world tournaments that give away millions of dollars in prize money.
League of Legends, often called LoL by fans, is well loved despite its complicated nature and steep learning curve for beginners. Once a player gains experience, gameplay gets more rewarding. High level players have even gone on to form clubs or groups, like the famous l9. When playing League of Legends, you need to understand the basics before moving on to the more complicated stuff in the game. Here we will explore an overview of what League of Legends is.
What is League of Legends?
League of Legends is a downloadable video game available on Windows PCs and Macs. It is free-to-play, meaning that you do not have to purchase the game to play it. But it follows a freemium model, where money can be spent on cosmetic items like skins or icons, and also to buy and unlock champions, which can also be purchased by spending in-game currency earned as you play.
The developers earn their money with such in-game purchases. League of Legends is a competitive team based game, putting an emphasis on teamwork and strategic thinking.
How to start playing?
To play the game, you need to create a login and a unique account name, called a Summoner Name. This is publicly visible and you will be known to other players by your Summoner Name. Players can group together with friends or be paired up with strangers in a match.
Players are grouped into a team of five. After this, each player has the opportunity to select a unique character, known as champion to play for the duration of this match. There are more than 130 champions to choose from. A team must work together to defeat the opposition. Matches usually last between 20 to 50 minutes, although some extreme matches have been known to last more than an hour.
What is the objective?
Matches usually take place in an arena called the Summoner’s Rift. Each team will have a base that must be guarded against opponent attacks, while simultaneously attacking the base of their opponents. Teams are color coded as blue and red, and at the back of each team’s base there is a building called the Nexus. A team wins when it destroys the opposition team’s Nexus.
Clubs such as l9 are known to have highly successful LoL players.