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League of Legends

  1. A Sampler of In-Game Holiday Events, Detailed in Festive Verse

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    T’is the night before Christmas and through many a house all the gamers are playing with controller or mouse. Quite soon we will pause to wrap gifts and share hugs, to pour too much eggnog in red and green mugs. But wait, says your writer! Don’t log out right just yet! There’s some holiday cheer that we mustn’t forget! For our digital worlds love this time of year, too. There’s presents and parties! Free swag, just for you! Deck the halls with your guildies! Your clanmates! Your crew! Take part in some make-believe! There’s so much to do!

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  2. Halo 4 Execs Bring Out The Banhammer, Threaten Lifetime Suspensions For Sexism on Xbox Live

    Essay

    Start a discussion about harassment in games, and two words are bound to come up: Xbox and Halo. Seeing as how the latter is one of the most successful game franchises ever, which runs on one of the world’s most popular consoles, this perhaps has to do less with the game itself and more with the fact that it represents a huge chunk of the gaming community. Heated competition undoubtedly plays a part as well, but whatever the reason for it, if you want to show someone just how bad things can get in multiplayer gaming, Halo’s the poster child. Which is why it was a pretty big deal earlier this week when Gamespot published an interview with Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer of Halo 4, and Bonnie Ross, head of Microsoft subsidiary 343 Industries (the game’s developer). With Halo 4 poised for launch next Tuesday, they had a message for their players: Sexist language on Xbox Live will get you a permaban.

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  3. So Far, So Good: League of Legends Takes An Honorable Approach To Improving Player Behavior

    Essay

    If you keep tabs on the world of gaming, you’re probably aware that the League of Legends community has a reputation for being a bit…let’s s

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  4. League of Legends Championships Becomes Most Watched eSports Event of All Time With 8.2 Million Viewers

    For those that don't already know, League of Legends is a mighty popular multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA, video game. The game is so popular that the developer, Riot Games, hosts championships where the top teams battle it out to determine who truly is the best. Providing data that once and for all proves that eSports can be popular, Riot's released some interesting viewership numbers for the League of Legends Season 2 World Championships which the University of South California recently hosted. As it turns out, more than 8.2 million unique viewers tuned in to see the action.

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  5. Top Two League of Legends Championship Teams Disqualified for Collusion

    After discovering that the top two League of Legends teams in their Summer Championship tournament this past weekend had colluded, Major League Gaming gave both teams the boot. These are the facts as they are known. Everything else is somewhat murky, with both teams -- Curse NA and Team Dignitas -- confirming some misconduct whilst still denying other allegations without ever saying exactly what it is they'd actually done to warrant the disqualification. Cue massive speculation across the Internet.

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  6. Ouya: The $99 Android-Based Gaming Console That’s Woman-Led And Totally Awesome

    million dollar lady

    I apologize, dear readers -- we've been utterly remiss in reporting about Ouya, the Kickstarter sensation that aims to pack an open, Android-based game platform and development kit into a teensy console, effectively bringing the best parts about hackable indie gaming to the television. In only eight hours, Ouya raised $1 million, surpassing its original goal of crowdfunding $950,000 in 30 days. With just 35 hours remaining on their Kickstarter, Ouya has raised $7,163,016, from a total of 53,891 people interested in the project. Oh, and the icing of top of this so-far successful gaming project cake? The entire project is led by gaming industry veteran Julie Uhrman. Hit the jump to find out more about this woman-led, revolutionary console!

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  7. Things We Saw Today: The Poster for Marvel’s New Short, Item 47

    Things We Saw Today

    Item 47 will star Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford as a couple who recovers a lost alien weapon and slip into a life of crime. Excited yet? (via Entertainment Weekly.)

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  8. You Can Make Millions Playing MOBAs

    Gaming tournaments are hardly a new thing. People have been playing video games against each other, tournament-style, since the dawn of time, or at least since the dawn of competitive multiplayer video games. You know what is new though? Offering a million dollars and upward to the winners. No, these aren't Call of Duty tournaments or some other kind of twitch shooter, we're talking MOBAs. If you aren't familiar, MOBAs are Multiplayer Online Battle Areas, a style of game born from the Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients. For the launch of DOTA 2 (which is a confusing topic in and of itself), Valve is holding a DOTA 2 tournament (streaming live here) and handing out 1 million buckaroonies to the champ.

    This isn't the first time a video game tournament has had a "big" payout. Last year, GSL (Global Starcraft League) offered the equivalent of $500,000 U.S. in prizes, but that was over a series of tournaments where each grand prize was around $85,000 and runners-up around $25,000. Needless to say, this DOTA 2 tournament (which is based on an unreleased game no less) blows GSL out of the water when it comes to largest lump prize. But that's not even the half of it.

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  9. Modders Make StarCraft MMO Using StarCraft Level Editor, Activison-Blizzard Invokes Copyright Infringement

    Yesterday, the gents over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun covered a StarCraft II mod which turned the game into an MMO, obviously named World of StarCraft. The mod was in very early stages, but a video showed it had a mocked-up character creation screen, as well as fighting and experience-gaining working for the Ghost class. The mod was made using StarCraft II's Galaxy Editor, a powerful level creation tool that Blizzard encouraged modders to use, essentially challenging modders to create unique and complex things. Of course, now that a group of modders began work on a very unique and complex creation, a StarCraft MMO, Activision-Blizzard sent out some copyright infringements to YouTube in order to get the video of the mod taken down.

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  10. Valve’s DotA Meets Trademark Opposition

    There are many people out there for whom the idea of more games like Defense of the Ancients (affectionately known as DotA) is very exciting, and so gamemaker Valve's announcement that it had acquired some of the developers of DotA so that they could do just that has been greeted optimistically. However, Valve is planning on calling their Defense of the Ancients Allstars, and Riot Games, maker of the DotA inspired (something of an understatement) League of Legends, feels that the use of the name Defense of the Ancients should not be restricted. Steve Mescon of Riot Games told PCGamer:
    The idea that one single company is taking control of the name of something that hundreds of people have contributed to is surprising. I believe DotA should always remain a community-owned product that modders, independent developers and game fans can continue to modify and play as often as they’d like. Guinsoo and I had hoped that the DotA name would live on in perpetuity as a community project that is both free to play and free to modify and expand.
    What is DotA? If it's so popular, why isn't the name already trademarked? The answers are really quite interesting, and are rooted in unique aspects of the industry and culture of online PC gaming.

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