Recently recognized as the most played video game in the world—100 million play every month—League of Legends® is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games.
In League of Legends (abbreviated LoL) , players assume the role of an unseen “summoner” that controls a Champion with unique abilities and battle against a team of other players or computer-controlled champions. The goal is usually to destroy the opposing team’s “nexus”, a structure which lies at the heart of a base protected by defensive structures. Each League of Legends match is discrete, with all champions starting off fairly weak but increasing in strength by accumulating items and experience over the course of the game.
League of Legends has an active and widespread competitive scene. In North America and Europe, Riot Games organizes the League Championship Series, located in Los Angeles and Berlin respectively, which consists of 10 professional teams in each continent. Similar regional competitions exist in China, South Korea, Taiwan, South America, and Southeast Asia. These regional competitions culminate with the annual World Championship, which in 2013, had a grand prize of $1 million and attracted 32 million viewers online. The 2014 and 2015 tournaments each gave out one of the largest prize pools in eSports history, at $2.3 million. Winners also receive trophies, such as the Summoner’s Cup, which was made by silversmiths Thomas Lyte. The 2016 World Championship’s total prizepool was over 5 million dollars, with over 2 million going over to the winner of the tournament.