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Riot wants to help eSports players plan for old age, otherwise known as mid-twenties

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Riot wants to help eSports players plan for old age, otherwise known as mid-twenties

ESports is a young person’s game. While retiring fairly young is common in sports generally, it’s even more pronounced in eSports, with mid-20s being the average for retiring from professionally playing League of Legends, for example. 

But Riot’s trying to prepare pro players for a career once they hit that age bracket. 

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League of Legends: A New Dawn cinematic is a thing of beauty

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League of Legends: A New Dawn cinematic is a thing of beauty

There are things we’d change about League of Legends but it’s not their cinematics.

Riot don’t often have call to release a cinematic trailer, they don’t exactly release sequels, expansions, or new campaigns for their one map MOBA. Instead they release cinematics whenever they damn please.

It’s good thing, too, because when they do release them they’re bloody gorgeous.

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Behave: Riot is instantly banning toxic players in League of Legends today

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Behave: Riot is instantly banning toxic players in League of Legends today

Riot’s running an experiment today in League of Legends. Any player in the MOBA who shows “toxicity" such as racism will instantly be banned for two weeks or permabanned. 

Social system lead designer, Jeffrey Lin, dropped the news on Twitter today, prompting a slew of questions due to its somewhat vague nature. Lin took to Reddit to clarify how this works and that it’s just a one-day experiment. 

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League of Legends patch 4.12 video discusses the changes with Evil Geniuses’ Snoopeh

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League of Legends patch 4.12 video discusses the changes with Evil Geniuses’ Snoopeh

League of Legends has been hit with a colossal patch that turns a vast amount of elements of the game on their heads. Jungle timers show a countdown on-screen until jungle creatures respawn, and a great handful of champions have been tweaked into notably different reflections of their former selves. 

Riot have put out an interesting video in which the game’s producers talk about the latest changes with LoL pro superstar Snoopeh of Evil Geniuses. Amusingly Snoopeh isn’t all that convinced by some of the changes, and it’s Team Riot’s job to change his perspective. 

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League of Legends unleashes the Doom Bots of Doom

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League of Legends unleashes the Doom Bots of Doom

Are you the bravest summoner on the rift? You’ll need to be exactly that if you plan on taking part in Riot’s latest League of Legends experimental Featured Game Mode. The Doom Bots of Doom turns the game’s already tricksy AI champions into fiendish, apocalyptically difficult foes. 

And they’re stomping their way into battle from July 17th. Gulp. 

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Riot declares war on League of Legends skin resellers

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Riot declares war on League of Legends skin resellers

A number of naughty sites and skin resellers have gained the ire of Riot. The League of Legends developer has declared war on these illegitimate resellers after it noticed an increase in fraud.

As of today, Riot will start to deactivate all previously issues codes for champion skins, and the studio is working with payment companies, recommending that they no longer process payments from these sites. 

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Dear Riot: please bring more League of Legends live events to the UK

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Dear Riot: please bring more League of Legends live events to the UK

Roccat and Millenium are playing the penultimate match on the first day of League of Legends’ European LCS roadshow. This is not an important match, in the grand scheme of things. The winners don’t become World Champions. It doesn’t decide who gets promoted or who gets relegated. It’s the fifth week of the League of Legends European LCS’ Summer Split. There are seven more weeks of games ahead till we know who will qualify for the World Championship. Yet somehow, it’s become /a thing/.

The sheer enthusiasm of the crowd is making it more than it is.

A chant of “We want wards!" starts at the back of the packed 5,000-seat London Wembley Arena. It fills the room. In response, Millenium lay down some vision wards around their base. They're showboating. The crowd love it. 

For many in the crowd it’s their first opportunity to see the game they love played in this way.

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Queue Dodge: Riot paying new hires 10 percent of their annual salary to quit

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Queue Dodge: Riot paying new hires 10 percent of their annual salary to quit

A decade ago, I quit my job as an Assistant Manager at Blockbuster (who?) and jumped into a marketing job at the recommendation of my girlfriend at the time. It was one of the worst job moves I ever made. I got more money, but the job was soul-sucking, the atmosphere was unfriendly and there were none of the perks that I enjoyed at the previous job. But I stayed, because I needed the money. My work suffered, of course.

If I’d been working for Riot, things would have been very different - beyond the obvious stuff, of course. The League of Legends developer has initiated a new scheme called the “Queue Dodge," where new hires are offered money to quit. Riot says this is a reinforcement of its culture. 

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League of Legends' Karthus shows off his new look in his Champion Spotlight

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League of Legends' Karthus shows off his new look in his Champion Spotlight

League of Legends’ death-defying lich, Karthus, underwent some major surgery a wee while ago, updating his animations, fashion sense dialogue and connecting him more to the lore Riot’s developed in the five years since his inception. 

With the undead chappy being given a new lease on life, Riot felt it was time to give the old fella a champion spotlight. So if you’ve never taken him for a spin, you can get up to speed and learn a few tricks to get you started in the right direction. 

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Champions League: League of Legends gets into the football spirit

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Champions League: League of Legends gets into the football spirit

Wargaming isn’t the only developer doing something a wee bit special for the World Cup. Riot’s celebrating countries coming together to kick a ball around in the Brazilian heat by releasing five new skins, a ward skin and a summoner icon for League of Legends. 

And these skins aren’t going anywhere once the World Cup is concluded. They’ll be available all year round. 

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New look: League of Legends' Summoner's Rift is getting some major work done

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New look: League of Legends' Summoner's Rift is getting some major work done

League of Legends’ Summoner’s Rift is getting a big update, changing both how the map looks and plays. As Riot builds up to the big switch, it’s breaking down all of these significant changes. 

The update has honed in on five major things that Riot felt needed fixing: Clarity, visual fidelity, gameplay, thematic cohesion and performance. 

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Extra value: Riot wants to start a dialogue with League of Legends players

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Extra value: Riot wants to start a dialogue with League of Legends players

Riot wants to have a chat with you. The League of Legends developer says that it will never stop evolving and “improving the landscape of the game," and that means it needs to improve how it communicated with its playerbase. 

A real, meaningful dialogue is on the cards, says Riot. So it wants to share its values with you: mastery, meaningful choices, counterplay, teamplay, clarity and evolution. That’s a lot of values. 

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Sonuvalich: League of Legend's Karthus gets a makeover

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Sonuvalich: League of Legend's Karthus gets a makeover

League of Legends’ skinny Lich man, Karthus, has moved with the times and been given a big ol' update, tying him to the lore a bit more and giving the boney bugger a bit more personality. 

“Updating Karthus gives us a chance to expand his breadth of character so he again fills a unique niche," says Riot. That means a new look, better animations and over 200 lines of dialogue and a new voice. 

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Create your own League of Legends pro team with Fantasy LCS

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Create your own League of Legends pro team with Fantasy LCS

If you’re a sports person or socialise with people of that mindframe, you’ll probably be familiar with Fantasy Football. You create a team made up of your favourite players, each week you tot up their goals and other point-scoring activities, and at the end of the season one of your social group is crowned the winner. 

Riot have decided this would be a pretty cool set up for their League of Legends tournament: League Championship Series. Now, with Fantasy LCS, you can create your dream LoL team with the best pro players, and try to ‘win’ the series. 

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League of Legends 4.7 weakens Feral Flame and teases Braum and his glorious moustache

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League of Legends 4.7 weakens Feral Flame and teases Braum and his glorious moustache

It’s League of Legends patch day, chums. 4.7 is upon us, and with it comes the long list of changes, tweaks and fixes. Riot says it’s not a big one, but lots of scrolling suggests otherwise. 

4.7 is all about “high priority targets," says Riot. Stuff that’s having a negative effect on the health of the game. Like high-damage junglers having more gold and XP in mid-game than solo laners who fought hard for their spoils.

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