When it comes to the free to play model, League of Legends is a shining star. It’s not ‘pay to win’ and developer Riot Games doesn’t shove microtransactions in your face (character skins are paid for but these are very much optional). Yet for those who do choose to spend their hard earned cash on the hugely popular MOBA, they’d want to know that their accounts are as accessible as Fort Knox in space, i.e not very. Bad news then, that this new League of Legends hack lets hackers get into your account and spend your RP.
When a player is abusive to others, subjecting them to harassment or general nastiness, can they ever get out of that mind-set? And more important, should they be forgiven if they do? Given the often quite toxic nature of professional eSports, it’s a highly contentious issue. No one wants to be part of a community that is mean to them especially when that community is supposed to be about teamwork, fun and cheerful camaraderie. That’s why Riot Games have done so much to stamp out toxicity in League of Legends in the past, but now, they’re announcing massive reforms to the LoL permaban system.
The League of Legends World Championship finals took place in Seoul, South Korea over the weekend and as expected, local team Samsung White gave their Chinese competitors Horn Royal Club a “ruddy good trouncing” as my elderly British grandfather would say. Basically, SW gave HRC a right good ass-kicking and as the victors the talented team of Leaguers won $1 million shared between the members. Not a bad figure for a sport that ESPN has only just started to air, eh? But more impressive than that prize pool is the amount of people that showed up to watch the LoL World Championship Finals in person as this year’s attendance has set a new record.