“League of Legends” (2009)
All tremble before the League, for it is mighty. In all seriousness, Riot Games' MOBA title “League of Legends” has grown astoundingly popular in the years since release.
The game's focus on player-controlled champions banding together to destroy other teams' nexus structures has blossomed into the basis for numerous regional tournaments – with it’s 2013 championship completely selling out the Staples Center in LA. With Riot Games organizing the League of Legends Championship Series and other companies establishing tournaments of their won, viewership and prize money regularly numbers in the millions.
League of Legends (abbreviated LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and macOS. The game follows a freemium model and is supported by microtransactions, and was inspired by the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod, Defense of the Ancients.
In League of Legends, 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, although other distinct game modes exist as well. 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. The champions and setting blend a variety of elements, including high fantasy, steampunk, and Lovecraftian horror.
League of Legends was generally well received upon its release in 2009, and has since grown in popularity, with an active and expansive fanbase. By July 2012, League of Legends was the most played PC game in North America and Europe in terms of the number of hours played