"League Of Legends" Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Special Events
Riot Games held an "online celebration" yesterday for the 10th anniversary of "League of Legends," with "prizes being awarded to players within games, special matches being broadcast on YouTube and Twitch, and a 10th Anniversary livestream event to announce upcoming new features and changes coming to the game," according to Mike Snider of USA TODAY. While there were "organized competitions between professional gamers before 'LoL' came along ... Riot Games helped establish esports." Team Liquid Owner and co-CEO Steve Arhancet said of Riot Games, "They were one of the first developers to say, 'Hey, we are going to bring this in-house and run and create a formal league like the NBA or NFL.' That was a first. They saw it as a way to continue to market their game and bring users back to playing." Now, there are "more than 100 professional 'League of Legends' teams with 800-plus pro players in 13 leagues across the globe." Each year's matches "lead up to a World Cup-style competition." The '19 LoL World Championship, which began Oct. 2 in Berlin, "culminates Nov. 10 in Paris at the AccorHotels Arena." The game also is "one of the most lucrative" esports titles, "holding the Nos. 8-10 spots on the top ten esports prize pools." More recently, "LoL" became "part of a storyline in HBO's 'Ballers' series" (USA TODAY, 10/16).