Riot Games, makers of League of Legends, and a subsidiary of MLB Advanced Media have signed a $50 million per year esports deal.Read More
Sky Brown is only 8 years old and she's already a pro skateboarder. This summer, she was the youngest girl to compete in the Vans US Open Pro Series.Read More
"Esports" vs. "eSports"
ESPN has just announced their latest vertical for coverage: competitive video games. As of today, the channel has announced "ESPN Esports," as well as the hiring of Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger as a writer and Darin Kwilinski as an editor.Read More
The Tribeca Film Festival has become a household name in the independent film world. Now, Tribeca is taking on the gaming world, and The Mary Sue's Sam Riedel and Alec Bernal were able to check out the inaugural Tribeca Games event where the cast and creative of Riot Games' League of Legends were holding court.Read More
League of Legends Hate Speech Drastically Reduced by Riot Games, so Let’s Go, the Rest of the Internet
"That's just how the Internet/online gaming is!" This does not need to be the case when it comes to excusing the awful things people say to each other online, and Riot Games has taken steps to make sure that League of Legends players behave. Thankfully, they appear to be working.Read More
This is where the commonly espoused wisdom of "just turn the guy down"/"just ignore him" meets the harsh reality of "some entitled dudes do crazy things when women don't do what they want."Read More
There is no word for "butt" in Dothraki. You have to hold on to something else.
"I will never tire of Quileesi, mother of Raptors," Sai told us when we posted the Jurassic World Super Bowl commercial last weekend. We agree wholeheartedly, but we also feel like Chris Pratt's talents would come in handy for other things than just raptor-wrangling. Maybe it's time for him to upgrade?Read More
League of Legends Tournament Reverses Restrictive Anti-Gay and Trans Ruling With Classic Non-Apology
"Good discussion, team!"
I imagine that when the team behind Garena Philippines woke up this morning, they were, to put it mildly, alarmed at their sudden international attention. But the good news is, they've seen the light! Sort of. We think. At least they're not doing the thing we were all mad at anymore.Read More
All-Female League of Legends Tournament in Philippines Restricts Teams To Only One Gay or Trans Player
Color me confused, but I didn't know being straight and cisgender made you worse at video games. Sure does explain a lot, though!Read More
Everything is science if you look deep enough.
Even if you've never launched your own summoner into battle for another team's nexus, you've probably heard about Riot Games' constant efforts to make League of Legends a more civil and welcoming space for its players, using such tools as rewards for good behavior, temporary bans for bad behavior, and more. A whole lot more. Like, stuff you could write a psychology dissertation on, more.Read More
Plus, the only champion he ever uses is Gangplank. What is even up with that, kitten? Do you think you're a pirate?Read More
The University of Pikeville has become one of the small number of American institutions of higher learning to add competitive gaming to the list of sports programs they offer scholarships for.Read More
The "Don't Be A Dick" prize!
League of Legends, plagued by players who do not embody the spirit of friendship, already has restrictions in place for those who refuse to LoL nicely. Now, they're adding positive reinforcement to the mix, sending special bonus rewards to players who are actually not complete trash humans. Hooray!Read More
Take notes, all other game companies.
Riot Games have introduced a new rule to League of Legends which would effectively stop all toxic players from entering into matches until they stopped being such total jerkfaces. We approve.Read More
It's dangerous to stream alone. Take this.
The PAX Prime gaming convention runs from today, August 29, 2014 to September 1, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. But you can still get in on all the fun thanks to a whole bunch of streams on Twitch. We've collected some of the biggest ones and their stream schedules for you here to simplify your life.Read More
Shark cannon not included.
Want a snuggly and totally casual way to dress up like League of Legends summoner Jinx? This adorable sweatshirt from hoodied will do the trick. You might remember them from their super rad DC-inspired line of hoodies, too.Read More
But now how will we know who the nerds are?
Today in turning society on its head news, Robert Morris University in Illinois is making a full-fledged varsity sport out of multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends. Like other sports, it'll have scholarships, a coach, uniforms—all that sports stuff (but no official word on butt-slapping or non-athlete swirlie quota just yet).Read More
Cultures of Harassment Are Not the Norm, and They Can Be Changed, Whether Online or at San Diego Comic-Con
and let it be known
This process led [League of Legends] to a surprising insight—one that “shaped our entire approach to this problem,” says Jeffrey Lin, Riot’s lead designer of social systems, who spoke about the process at last year’s Game Developers Conference. “If we remove all toxic players from the game, do we solve the player behavior problem? We don’t.” That is, if you think most online abuse is hurled by a small group of maladapted trolls, you’re wrong. Riot found that persistently negative players were only responsible for roughly 13 percent of the game’s bad behavior. The other 87 percent was coming from players whose presence, most of the time, seemed to be generally inoffensive or even positive. These gamers were lashing out only occasionally, in isolated incidents—but their outbursts often snowballed through the community. Banning the worst trolls wouldn’t be enough to clean up League of Legends, Riot’s player behavior team realized. Nothing less than community-wide reforms could succeed. -- Laura Hudson, for Wired. In an article for Wired magazine that only just appeared online today, Laura Hudson argues persuasively that the key to changing social networks that accept harassment as the price one pays to engage is a commitment to changing that community as a whole, not just eliminating the most identifiable bad apples.Read More
Hey, I finally found a sport I'm interested in watching!
Top players in Riot's online gaming juggernaut League of Legends have gathered in Paris to duke it out in the All-Star 2014 tournament. The games will continue all weekend from Thursday, May 8 to Sunday, May 11, so check back to see some impressive professional competitive gaming.Read More
So they'll quit halfway before the match ends if they're losing? Great.
Playing a complicated strategy/fighting game with artificial intelligence can always be a bit of a crap shoot. You don't have to worry about a fellow player leaving you out to dry, but AI is also usually fiendishly stupid. Now with a new update, LoL bots will maybe be a little dumb so when you need them to be.Read More