League of Legends is one of the most popular games today, which is quite impressive considering it’s already seven years old. In this ever-changing video game industry, that’s probably equivalent to a decade. The game is up against Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and World of Warcraft in the “longest-running popular multiplayer game” category.
Like with almost all other games, League of Legends has its fair share of interesting tidbits. Here’s a short list of some of the things that you need to know about the game.
The game drew inspiration from Defense of the Ancients (Dota), the “other” MOBA which was born from a Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod. In fact, Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, employs a number of people who used to work at Blizzard Entertainment, the developer of Dota. Riot Games also has Steve “Guinsoo” Feak and Steve “Pendragon” Mescon – two prominent people in the Dota scene – under its umbrella. So despite the apparent beef between Dota 2 and League of Legends players, the two games are actually connected in some way.
Last September, it was revealed that League of Legends caters to over 100 million active players each month, according to Riot Games. Those are eye-popping numbers, which is a testament that the game is not going away anytime soon. However, the sheer number of players actively playing sometimes make it hard for newbies to jump into the game. Like other online multiplayer games, the League of Legends community can be a harsh place. Thankfully, you can buy a high-level League of Legends account to at least mask your newbie status, if only for a short time. If you need further help with that, you can check out our guide on how NOT to feed as a newbie.
Who says there’s no money in playing League of Legends? The annual League of Legends World Championships, which is a culmination of prior regional tournaments, has already handed out millions of dollars as prize money. This year is promising to be one of the biggest yet, with more than $5 million (and counting) already at hand to give away to winners. League of Legends is one of the highest-paying competitive games in eSports. Of course, to get a slice of that cake, you would need to actually be a professional eSports athlete first, which requires a lot of hours burned on practice.
There are a lot of characters in the game that have references to popular culture, or even other video games. Here are the most notable ones:
Tristana’s “Buster Shot” is an obvious nod to the blue bomber Mega Man whose primary weapon is, well, a Buster Shot
Janna and Twisted Fate are references to two popular X-Men characters: Storm and Gambit, respectively
Speaking of comic book references, Shaco also pays homage to The Joker himself, arch-nemesis of the Caped Crusader (more trivia: “Shaco” is an anagram of the word “chaos”)
In case you thought Veigar has an uncanny resemblance to Vivi from Final Fantasy IX, that’s because the former references the latter
If you’ve played the first-gen Pokemon games or the mobile game Pokemon Go, then you probably made the Articuno connection after one look at Anivia
The champions Cassiopeia, Elise, Fiora, Shyvan and Zyra are all voiced by the same voice actress: Karen Strassman. Strassman is popularly known for being the voice behind several noteworthy anime characters, such as Kiyoh in “Gurren Lagann,” Soifon in “Bleach,” Fasalina in “Gun X Sword” and Loni Garvey in “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.” On a related note, Riven the Exile is also voiced by another notable voice actress: Cristina Valenzuela a.k.a. Cristina Vee, who also hosted the IGN Pro League 5: League of Legends Tournament.
Similar to character references above, some character skins also point to pop culture references, like:
Yellow Jacket and Frozen Shen references the two Mortal Kombat mascots, Scorpion and Sub-Zero, respectively
Chosen Master Yi and Swamp Master Kennen are inspired by the Jedi Knights from the Star Wars franchise, with the latter directly referencing Jedi Master Yoda
Like the champion Shaco, Cryocore Brand and Augmented Signed references to the Batman comics, with the two skins representing the supervillains Mr. Freeze and Bane, respectively
(Google) Chrome Rammus, (Internet) Explorer Ezreal, (Mozilla) Foxfire Ahri and (Apple) Safari Caitlyn are all obviously referencing the four browsers
Think Poro is adorable? Wait till you see it with a mustache. If you’re playing as Braum, you can feed Poro with Poro-Snax and watch it grow a cute little black mustache. Alternatively, if you’re using Dragonslayer Braum and do the same thing, Poro will instead grow an orange mustache. And on a related note, if Poro gets fed by the opposing teams, it will blow up and produce eight little Poros.
Not surprisingly, South Korea is the undisputed king in League of Legends. Well, at least in terms of total money won from various competitions with more than $5 million in the bag for the Southeast Asian country. Why is this not surprising? Well, video games is sort of a national sport in South Korea, especially with StarCraft. It can be argued that eSports originated from the country itself.
If you think Jinx’s weird dance is a bit familiar, that’s because Jake from the animated TV show “Adventure Time” also dances in exactly the same way. The flailing arms is a dead giveaway. This piece of information actually falls under no. 4 (character references), but this one doesn’t really have anything related to looks.
To end this list, let’s stick to a non-game-related information: Last year, Riot Games placed at no. 13 in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, which says a lot. It’s also in contrast to the perception that League of Legends is a toxic place to be in that’s full of “salty” players. Of course, if you want to see things for yourself, you can simply buy a League of Legends account and see how the game treats you.
That’s all for now. Most of the League of Legends trivia or fun facts are character-related, and focusing on all of them would make a significantly longer list. Let’s leave that for another time.
November 18, 2016 admin
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