League of Legends introduces a new female champion named Kai’Sa, Daughter of the Void. Developer Riot Games reveals Kai’Sa’s abilities, her launch skin as well as some tips and tricks for playing the new character well.
New content added to League of Legends seems to suggest that Fiora will be the game’s next confirmed LGBTQ character. Voice interactions appear to confirm that the Valoran duelist is not heterosexual.
Fiora would be the second confirmed LGBTQ character in the game after Varus was confirmed to be gay.
Riot Games introduces a lore update for League of Legends character Varus. The new origins story for the character includes a gay romance as Riot reveals how Varus’s creation involves a love story between two men.
Riot Games has previously voiced its interest in introducing LGBT characters to League of Legends saying that the characters would be ‘a reflection of Earth’.
The winners of the NOW TV Esports Industry Awards 2017 have been announced. For the first time in the competition’s history, the Esports Industry Awards has crowned female winners.
The history-making wins follow growing debate about women in esports, with organizations like Intel and the ESL’s AnyKey doing their bit to make esports more inclusive to everybody.
A professional League of Legends player has been suspended and fined after posting racist jokes on social media. The game’s developer Riot Games moved quickly to issue discipline to the pro.
This not the only high profile case of professional gamers getting themselves into hot water over racist messages, with a professional Overwatch player being fired last month for using racial slurs.
League of Legends design director Greg Street defends plans to introduce a gay character to the game. Responding to a fan on social media, Street says that adding a gay character is just “a reflection of Earth circa 2017.”
Street’s latest comments come not long after he confirmed that League of Legends would include an LGBT character ‘at some point’ in the future.
League of Legends will add LGBT characters in future, reveals a developer for the popular online game. During an interview at GDC 2017, design director Greg Street said that he is sure the team at Riot Games will introduce an LGBT character “at some point.”
The hugely popular MOBA would not be the only online multiplayer game to star LGBT characters as multiplayer shooter Overwatch recently confirmed that its character Tracer is a lesbian.
Several professional League of Legends players reveal their thoughts on female players. The pros, who were surveyed anonymously, were mostly in favour of professional female League of Legends players though there were some concerns.
The pros’ responses follows heavy debate about getting professional female players into eSports, as the growing sector is overwhelmingly male.
League of Legends introduces a new female character called ‘Camille, the Steel Shadow.’ Developer Riot Games explains that Camille is ideally played in a solo lane and that she is “great at split-pushing,” though she isn’t ideal for initiating teamfights.
Camille is the sixth and final new champion to be added to the game this year. Her introduction follows the addition of other new characters such as Taliyah, the Stoneweaver and Aurelion Sol, the Star Forger.
Riot Games co-head of eSports Whalen Rozelle says that eSports is a “fantastic place” for equality and opportunity. Rozelle also explains why the developer has no plans to make womens-only competitions for its hugely popular MOBA, League of Legends.
Rozelle’s comments on diversity in eSports follow several other company’s initiatives on that front. EA will do its ‘best’ to support female eSports players, while Intel and ESL’s AnyKey also aims to promote diversity in professional gaming.