Captain Teemo reporting for duty!
Have you ever heard of a game called League of Legends?
Yes? Good then, you know what I’m talking about. No? Well then mister, I can safely say that one, you’re not a gamer and two, you have not even scratched the surface of the interwebs… and most of all you have never lived.
So, for those of you that don’t know about it, League of Legends, or LoL for short, is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). It’s an online video game that a few millions of people now play, two teams of five people choose their champions (characters with special abilities, characteristics and powers) and the goal if to beat the enemy team by destroying their base. It’s played in a third person view and it sort of is a mix between MMORPGs, real-time strategy games and team play games.
I’m not going to give you a complete history of the game or a description in complete details but the reason I’m writing about LoL is because I’m an avid player. I love that game and I play it quite regularly (sometimes a lot, sometimes very little, it depends on my mood and my free time). It’s one of the only games I really enjoy playing with Minecraft and the Garry’s mod games. I don’t know why I enjoy it so much compared to other games, perhaps because it’s different and new compared to what I have been playing until now. Plus I can play with friends and there is so much to discover even after so many hours played.
And I am definitely not the only one that has been captivated by this phenomenon. Each year there are more and more people playing League of Legends and other MOBAs like DoTA 2 and SMITE. The guys who invented and exploited the concept really had something at the time, even if they didn’t fully realize it, but they had an awesome concept.
Now, the reason I talk about LoL is because it’s one of the most played online video games in the world and, most importantly, one of the most mediatized. There now are worldwide competitions of this game that bring thousands of people to play it and millions to watch it. It’s not the only one, Counter Strike, World of Warcraft or StarCraft II had already created such communities that organized events such as international competitions and conventions. But I have noticed that since League of Legends has become such a major actor of the video game industry, things have been evolving faster.
More and more people have opened themselves to this phenomenon, not only to the video game industry but also to the community(ies) and to the whole concept of e-sports. And, of course, associated to that have come critics, some positive, some negative. What really was special for me as I noticed it all starting to happen around was that, for once, I was part of that phenomenon. I am a gamer and I enjoy e-sports very much, and I am able to see how other people come to discover this phenomenon from the inside.
I enjoy playing sports in general but I am not an avid fan. I do watch a few games for the world cup or the olympic games, but I’ve never been a regular spectator. So I didn’t really understand what all the hype was about when people got excited over players, teams and matches. Now I do, a little better at least. But in the e-sport world. There are such things as fantasy league for player and teams of LoL, there are world championships, regional and national competitions, thousands of dollars of cash prizes, dozens of conventions and millions of players and fans.
I can’t say I have become completely immersed in the world of e-sports but I am a part of it enough to be excited by matches and competitions, I really enjoy watching games of League of Legends where strong teams go up against each other. It makes my blood boil and make me want to play more of it to try what I have seen and learned, perhaps in the hope of someday being one of the greats of the community myself, I don’t know. All I really know is that I’m a gamer (of League of Legends at least) and I am part of the e-sport movement, and, to me, e-sport is something as real and as important as regular sports in general.
Well, here are my thoughts on LoL and e-sport. Once again I feel like I haven’t been very clear but I have said what I wanted to say and that’s what’s important to me. Thanks for reading and see you later folks! ;)