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Are League of Legends microtransactions worthy of the internet's collective rage?

League of Legends and Microtransaction Madness

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EA disappointed and amused countless gamers this season with its tumultuous release of Star Wars: Battlefront II, a game packed with content ready for players to enjoy - that is, only if you were ready to spend literal days...
Runes Reforged combines the old rune and mastery systems from League of Legends into one streamlined tool.

Runes Reforged: A Brave New Frontier

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The League of Legends offseason is always a time of uncertainty. The old guard North American teams are shaking up their rosters: TSM dropped Doublelift and Biofrost, CLG parted ways with Aphromoo, and C9 are saying goodbye to Impact...
New player watching League of Legends for the first time? This guide should help.

Worlds 2017: How to Watch League of Legends as a Newcomer

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If you follow esports or competitive gaming, you have probably heard of League of Legends. The 2017 World Championships kicked off last Saturday (9/23), and the event runs for 43 days -- that means that now is the perfect...
Earning IP doesn't have to be a chore.

League of Legends: The Fastest Ways to Earn IP

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Influence points, or IP, are the currency used in League of Legends for unlocking champions and purchasing runes. If you're still getting your bearings on Summoner's Rift, earning IP can feel like a chore. Thankfully, you can take matters in to...
Tainted Minds was found guilty of contractual breaches, and Riot Games have fined the organization $7000 AUD and banned them from competition for six months.

Riot’s Tainted Minds Verdict: Breach of Contract

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Riot Games have concluded their ongoing investigation of Australian gaming organization Tainted Minds, and released a public statement with their findings and issuing a final verdict on the case. According to Riot, players on the team's roster informed Riot that their employer...
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Esports Merchandise: Awkward, Abstract, and Advantageous

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How many of you own a piece of esports merchandise? Maybe a sizable number of you can pull a team jersey out of your closet. A larger group yet probably have something related to video games within eyesight. But virtually everyone reading this article...
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Newzoo Global Esports Market Report Projects Massive Growth

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Last week, I was contacted by the data specialists over at Newzoo. Newzoo is the leading provider of esports marketing data in all its various forms. The company deals with all manners of data analysis regarding the entire gaming industry. The...
SPOTV

Jung’s Wednesday Rant: SPOTV Is a Joke

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As if it wasn't enough that Monte and DoA were leaving the Korean League of Legends scene, on Monday night we all witnessed the miracle of broadcasting that is SPOTV. Riot took a hard fork this year with the choice...
Mastery Chest Probability in League of Legends

Loot Probability in Games: Should It Be Disclosed?

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The Chinese Ministry of Culture recently posted a notice informing the gaming community that they are enforcing regulations on online gaming corporations. The document focuses on the healthy development of online gaming businesses and seeks to hold corporations responsible for user...

Jung’s Wednesday Rant: No Plants in My Jungle!

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Featured image by MSRoka via DeviantArt. I love change - I really do. It keeps the game exciting and fresh. It forces people to be adaptive and constantly creative. But sometimes, it's just too damn much. And this season, League of...

Riot Was Right to Remove Normal Draft

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Every time something gets taken away from the community, an incredibly vocal minority starts crying out, usually exaggerating facts and ignoring the objective. Last season, it was solo queue. Before that, the reaction had surrounded things like Mana Potions...

Scouting Grounds Final List: Not Too Impressive

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As Season 6 comes to a close, and the offseason begins for League of Legends, a fantastic talent scouting opportunity is about to transpire. The list of participants for the North American Scouting Grounds has finally been narrowed down to...