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Things We Saw Today: This 8-Year-Old Girl Skateboarding in the Vans US Open Pro Series

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.

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[VIDEO] Cast and Creative of Riot Games’ League of Legends at the Inaugural Tribeca Games Event

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.

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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.

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All-Female League of Legends Tournament in Philippines Restricts Teams To Only One Gay or Trans Player

Uhhhhhhhhhh

Color me confused, but I didn't know being straight and cisgender made you worse at video games. Sure does explain a lot, though!

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How League of Legends Uses Colors To Affect Players’ Behavior

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.

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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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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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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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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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