What is League of Legends?
As this is a beginners guide for League of Legends, it makes sense to explain what the game actually is. League of Legends is a Free-to-play (F2P) Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA). Free to play means the game is free to download and play, however this doesn’t mean there aren’t paid aspects to the game. In League of Legends, you have Riot Points which can buy aesthetic modifications to the game – but these don’t get you a competitive advantage. MOBA is a term that Riot, the developers of League of Legends coined, to describe the genre inspired by Defense of the Ancients (DOTA for short). DOTA is a very popular Warcraft III mod. The MOBA genre includes games such as DOTA 2, Heroes of Newerth, Smite, Awesomenauts and many more.
In League of Legends, the main game mode played is on the Summoners Rift. Two teams of 5 players each battle in their own lane to destroy various pieces of infastructure, and eventually destroy their Nexus, securing the win. In addition to Summoners Rift, League of Legends has other maps, Twisted Treeline (A 3v3 version of Summoners RIft), Howling Abyss (a linear map used for ARAM – All Random All mid) a game mode where your champions are randomly assigned, and you battle on a single lane.
League of Legends has servers in multiple countries. North America (NA), Western Europe (EUW), Eastern Europe (EUNE), Russia (RU), Brazil (BR), Latin America North (LAN), Latin America South (LAS), Oceania (OCE), Turkey (TR), South Korea (KR), China (CN), and southeast Asia (SEA). League of Legends has over 100 active million players worldwide, and 7.5 Million concurrent players online. It is updated on a regular basis, with patches released on a near monthly basis. League of Legends also boasts a robust e-Sports scene, with tournaments and competitive seasons taking place on a regular basis around the world.