League of Legends was released back in September 2011 by Riot Games, and is without a doubt one of the most successful and famous releases in the entire history of gaming. It led the way as online multiplayer gaming became the preferred way of gaming for fans, has crossed over into the mainstream as one of the faces of the gaming space, and is one of the most acclaimed titles in the blossoming Esports industry.
Here’s everything you need to know about this remarkable MOBA title.
How Do You Play League of Legends?
League of Legends is a massively multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title. The most commonly played game mode sees two teams of five players start on a map known as Summoner’s Rift, taking control of customisable ‘heroes’ that have their own unique skills and abilities. Players can level up and upgrade their heroes by gaining experience through killing other players or some of the various environmental features on the map, and upgrading their character with unique perks.
The end goal of the game is to use levelled up heroes to push to the opposite end of the map and destroy the enemy team’s towers, known as ‘Nexus’.
How Many People Play League of Legends?
League of Legends is completely free to pick up and play, with Riot making their money from the ‘freemium’ model that has become increasingly popular in the Esports sphere by allowing gamers to play for free, but spend money on microtransactions for customisable features on their weapons, characters and other aspects in-game.
This model has inflated the League of Legends player count over the years however, with the game currently boasting an active concurrent player count of 500,000 at any given time.
The peak player count the game has been able to boast in a single day was 12,032,279 back on the 31st March 2021, setting a record for the year.
Can You Make Money Playing League of Legends?
Short answer: Yes!
The ever-increasing value of the video game industry has brought with it a plethora of new avenues for players and organisations to begin making some potentially serious cash. Playing video games professionally at events and tournaments, known in the industry as ‘Esports’, has become the biggest arm behind this growth, and League of Legends has ridden the wave of this growth as one of its most popular partners right from the very beginning.
Unlike other major Esport titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Riot have personally taken control of the competitive League of Legends scene and run hyper-competitive domestic leagues across the world.
One look at the LoL odds at an Esports betting specialist site such as Unikrn.com will also show just how diverse and developed the wagering community is for League of Legends. Players now have the opportunity to flex their knowledge in the wagering world by placing bets on players or teams in specific match or overall competition outrights, as well as following the action live on an online streaming platform such as Twitch and taking advantage of live in play odds and features.