League of Legends' Leagues of Fans

League of Legends fans are crazy passionate.

League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that has become wildly popular since its release in 2009. There's something about the way the fans of League of Legends talk about it that makes me really want to get in on the fun. Their passion is downright infectious.

The Works of the Fans

One of the coolest things about fan communities is the way they adapt and expand the lore of a game, book, or show. It lets the fans get really involved in the story behind the game and gives the fans a chance to show off their talents. For example, League of Legends fan Rachel J. Corey created a comic that delves into the back story of the champion Diana. 

Another group of fans are showing their love for League of Legends by designing a fighting game with League Champions as characters called League of Fighters. So far all that's been shown is a trailer with one character, but it's still really cool to see players be inspired by the game. Interestingly enough, Riot Games, the designer of League of Legends, has given their blessing to the project, meaning it won't get shut down by a pack of wild lawyers.

The Tournament Scene

Fan participation in League of Legends tournaments is insanely huge. Ever since the first World Championship in 2011, where 1.6 million people tuned in for the action, the League of Legends tournament scene has exploded. In 2011, the grand prize was $50,000. 2012's World Championship saw a grand prize payout of $1,000,000. It has become such a big deal that United States immigration now recognizes professional League of Legends players as pro-athletes, allowing them to get visas more easily. League of Legends has been able to grow so rapidly because the players truly love the game. It really shows that when people share a passion for something, they can make big things happen.

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I am a simple man with simple dreams. I one day wish to play all of my steam games. Yo videogames!

Published Aug. 2nd 2013
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    They have passion for the game yes, but that passion, exactly like with Dota 2 an WoW also extends to yelling abuse and threatening new players which really make me hate the games, and the community in particular. I went onto a LoL game, thinking right, if I tell my teammates that I am new, and I am still learning, and am looking to learn, to be good. Then I was thinking I was going to get, ok, fair enough, we will help you type responses, I did this 3 or 4 times, and every single time I just abuse back, saying you don't deserve to life, and get off the game, and oh god not a noob, we should kill him. Dota 2 I had a similar experience but only from 1 or 2 of the people in the games, not everyone. WoW I just didn't get on with the community because of the choice of class and character I picked or something, and how I played. But in LoL is felt like it was everyone, so yes the are passionate, but they are so passionate that they alienate new players who just want to learn, like me. They are soo scared of loosing that they are willing to stop new players, and to block, or kick players that they don't think are 'worthy' and so I think that they should all be banned, and all the players who want to learn the game, and enjoy their time with mature, decent, not always friendly, but at least polite people should be able to play. It is one example of the immaturity of gaming culture, and really needs to be sorted out, at least in Dota 2, people said, ok fair enough, we are going to lose, but at least they admit they are going to be bad, and are willing to learn.
    So I would tell you to not play the game at all, you will just get abuse hurled at you from all thousand corners of the internet.

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