League of Legends is perhaps the most influential massive multiplayer online battle arena game ever created, boasting a player base that is millions of players around the world strong and an online presence that dwarfs its competitors. With the game’s popularity continuing to surge into the early months of 2021, there’s never been a better time to get sucked into the appeal and begin playing.
But before you do, here’s the ultimate list of your hottest questions around League of Legends answered right here.
What Is League of Legends?
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed by Riot Games back in 2009. Inspired by Blizzard Entertainment’s own MOBA title, Defence of the Ancients, League of Legends is a game that boasts a high skill ceiling and puts the emphasis on strategy, teamwork and planning.
Still the biggest online multiplayer title in the world of Esports, the game is compatible with Mac OS and Microsoft Windows, and its accessibility, customisation and scaling skill level is still acclaimed by fans and critics alike to this day.
The game has gone onto spawn several spinoff titles, launched its own lore and universe, a digital card game centred around its characters and a soon to be released massive multiplayer online role-playing title.
How Do You Play League of Legends?
As a MOBA game, League of Legends plays out in a very similar way to competitors like Heroes of the Storm or Dota 2.
The game sees two teams of five players land on either side of a map called Summoner’s Rift. The map is made up of three lanes (top, mid and bottom) which are presented in three various difficulty levels; as well as the lanes, the map also contains various points of interest such as jungles and mini boss arenas where players can level themselves up by taking on the NPC enemies present in them.
The aim of the game is for teams to level themselves up and purchase items for their respective Champions, so they’re able to push the enemy side back into their own half and destroy their towers known in game as ‘Nexus’.
Who Are The Best Teams In The World At League of Legends?
Because of the huge amount of strategy available in the game, as well as its high skill ceiling, the competitive scene in League of Legends is one of the most fiercely competitive and stacked scenes in the entire Esports industry.
At the time of writing, four of the top seven sides in the world rankings come from China and are competing in the LPL tournament, the highest division in the region. The likes of Top Esports, Suning Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix regularly dominate the LoL odds for the
events and tournaments they attend around the world, and the competitive season always culminates in some thrilling finales at the annual Worlds tournament, perhaps the biggest spectacle in all of Esports.
However, the number one spot in the world rankings doesn’t currently belong to a Chinese side at all, but one from South Korea: Damwon Gaming Kia. The Korean org compete in the LCK division and stunned all the pre-tournament odds to make a miraculous run to the grand finals of the 2020 Worlds, defeating Suning Gaming 3-1 on the big stage to bag themselves $556,000 in winnings, number one spot in the world rankings and a place in the game’s history.
How Many People Play League of Legends?
Following the explosion in the game’s competitive scene in 2011, the game jumped to around 32.5 million accounts, with a player count of 1.3 concurrent users at its peak. According to reports, League of Legends averaged around 8 million concurrent players over the course of 2019, a whole eight years after the game’s initial release.
Thanks in part to the global lockdowns in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent isolations people spent inside their homes, League of Legends experienced a further serious surge in its player counts over the past year or so. Over the course of 2020, Riot’s flagship game peaked at a 115 Million monthly player count and a record of 50 Million daily players.
And that isn’t even going into the hundreds upon hundreds of hours invested into the online streamers and events hosted on platforms such as Twitch.tv and YouTube.