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League of Legends video talks you through the changes and tweaks of patch 4.12

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It must be strange, for those on the outside, to see just how passionately lane-pushing fans care about seemingly the smallest changes to the games they love. Simple tweaks, buffs and balance changes can cause wild, uncontrollable forum fury. When Riot do finally release the new Summoner's Rift, I'm expecting the streets to fill with angry protesters in Pentakill t-shirts.

In patch 4.12, League of Legends received jungle timers—an easy way for players to check the spawn time on certain jungling monsters. In a new "Patch Rundown" video, some of Riot's development team try to reassure Evil Geniuses' Snoopeh that there is, in fact, any point to this whatsoever.

Riot Games deactivates League of Legends skin codes to fight scammers

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Riot Games says fraudulent and abusive activity by third-party sellers of rare and limited-edition League of Legends skins is becoming increasingly problematic, as fans pay exorbitant prices for content they can't even be sure they'll actually get. Since Riot can't stop people from throwing their money at whatever shiny bauble catches their attention at any given moment, it has decided to attack the problem at its source by deactivating skin codes entirely.

Riot disables League of Legends public chat rooms

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Between RP sellers, scammers and Elo-boost spam, the League of Legends public chat rooms are a serious mess. Too much of a mess to be allowed to live, Riot has decided, and so it's shut them down completely while it tries to figure out how to turn them into something "useful and accessible."

League of Legends announces 2014 World Final venue, expanded wild card lineup

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League of Legends announced that this year's World Final would take place in South Korea back in November, but the actual venue was kept quiet until now: The Sangam Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, also known as the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

League of Legends becomes an official varsity sport at Robert Morris University

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The popularity of eSports has taken off in recent years but even so, the addition of League of Legends to the varsity sports lineup at Robert Morris University Illinois represents a big step toward mainstream legitimacy. The program, the first of its kind, offers qualified gamers scholarships worth up to 50 percent of the school's tuition, room and board.

League of Legends video takes you on tour of the new Summoner's Rift

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Summoner's Rift is League of Legends' version of the classic three-laned DotA map. Naturally, it's the game's most popular playing field, and, as a result, any changes to it are a big deal. And so, this: a video tour of what Riot are doing with a new version of the map, currently in testing on the game's Public Beta Environment.

League of Legends studio Riot Games offers new hires cash to quit with "Dodge Queue" program

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Sometimes, even a dream job doesn't work out quite as planned. Maybe it's more mundane and soul-deadening than you expected, or maybe all your new coworkers are jerks, or maybe you're a jerk who just can't play nicely with others. Regardless of the specifics, it happens sometimes. But if that dream job happens to be at Riot Games, the studio responsible for League of Legends, at least you won't have to go away empty-handed.

Summoner's Rift update hits League of Legends PBE

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Riot Games teased some big changes coming to Summoner's Rift earlier this month, promising to bring "additional clarity" to the map through various tweaks and changes. Now, as promised, that update has been rolled out to the Public Beta Environment.

League of Legends Summoner's Rift update hitting beta servers soon

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Riot Games has lifted the lid of a hefty update coming to Summoner's Rift, describing it as "a big part of our commitment to continually improve League of Legends." There's still work to be done but the update should be ready to roll out to the public beta environment in the relatively near future.

Two League of Legends Championship Series players suspended for "extremely toxic behavior"

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Riot Games has suspended two Challenger Series players, Alfonso Aguirre "Mithy" Rodriguez and Erlend "Nukeduck" Holm, for repeatedly engaging in "extremely toxic behavior" during games. The League of Legends developer said in its suspension ruling that both players have been punished previously over similar issues but have "shown no improvement" in their conduct.

27 million people play League of Legends every day

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In October 2012, Riot Games revealed that League of Legends had 12 million daily active players, meaning at least 12 million people a day logged in and played the game. With 70 million accounts, it was easily one of the most popular games in the world. Today, Riot Games announced that it has more than doubled the 12 million figure, revealing it has reached 27 million daily active users, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Riot Games believes League of Legends will be around for decades

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Usually talks at something like the The Digital Life Design conference are pretty boring unless you’re interested in exploring issues like “brand integration,” or why Coca Cola thinks Coke Zero is a more aspirational soda than Diet Coke. Put a Riot Games and a Coca Cola representative on stage together and it gets interesting. The main takeaways from a talk the companies gave at the conference are that Coca Cola thinks League of Legends comparable to the Super Bowl, and that Riot Games believes that League of Legends will be around for “decades.”

League of Legends patch 4.1 gives new players a static roster of free champions

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Riot Games has released the first League of Legends patch of 2014 with a long list of notes. As Riot’s Chris Tom admits, there’s nothing world shattering in there, just a lot more refinement and tuning. “We’re still closely watching the state of the game as it evolves with the preseason,” he says in a post on the game’s official website, “and this update is just another step down that path.”

League of Legends' pre-season update to focus map vision, late game growth

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League of Legends' third season recently ended with a shocking cliffhanger, as Ziggs was revealed to be the lovechild of Gragas, who had himself been framed for the horrific slaughter of hundreds of minions. None of that is true, but I know more about TV than sport, and so like to pretend that LoL's seasonal shifts relate to that instead. As we head towards the new pre-season, Riot have been running through the balance changes that will arrive along with it.

But will Season 4 of League of Legends be comparable to any season of 24, where small tweaks are made to the same basic formula; or will it be more like the last season of Fringe, with all of the existing plot lines abandoned for something really dumb? Well, dumber. A new video by Riot explains what to expect.

League of Legends prototype card game unearthed by hacker

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League of Legends had, has or will have a card game in the works, as revealed in perhaps the oddest manner possible. Riot Games' co-founder and president Marc Merrill seemingly had his twitter account hacked over the weekend, with said hacker revealing the existence of a standalone card game called League of Legends: Supremacy (a name Riot trademarked a year ago). The account thief teased a few images and then threatened to upload the whole lot, before backing down and handing control back to Marc.

League of Legends players immortalised through anime, ahead of World Championship final

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Tonight, at the slightly absurd 4am BST (or the more sociable 8PM PDT), the League of Legends Series 3 World Championship final will take place between SK Telecom T1 and Royal Club. Not to undermine the achievement of the two teams who have battled their way to within sight of the Summoner's Cup, but, as someone who doesn't watch the DotA-like wing of e-sports, I'm more impressed by this: Riot's celebration of the competition. Taking some of the best players from the tournament, they've created anime counterparts imbued with the powers of their chosen champions.

New League of Legends video uses stats to show how "rage doesn't win games"

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A new video from League of Legends developer Riot Games argues that appealing to the better angels of our nature can bring increased success on the battlefield. Based on the studio's own internal statistics, the video points out how teamwork and sportsmanship can lead to more wins, more gold, and a better atmosphere in the online multiplayer game.

League of Legends shoutcasters hold Reddit AMA, advertise new commentating positions

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A handful of professional League of Legends commentators halted their lengthy discussions of counter jungle strategies, the best times to hard leash, and other MOBA jargon to host a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything"), where they talked about their jobs and how you can get do it, too.

EVE Online lead designer jumping (space)ship to work on League of Legends

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CCP's Kristoffer Toubourg will soon be Riot's Kristoffer Touborg, as announced on the EVE Online lead designer's Facebook page. After five years working on the pioneering sci-fi MMO, he's trading the Bjorky shores of Iceland for the distinctly Guinessy city of Dublin to put his skills to use on Riot Games' League of Legends.

League of Legends US accounts hacked, credit card details could be at risk

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League of Legends' database has been hacked, again, although this time it's US players who have had their details compromised, as announced on the LoL blog. "What we know: usernames, email addresses, salted password hashes, and some first and last names were accessed." Along with 120,000 transaction records from 2011 - so if you have a US account and you used your card on the LoL store a couple of years ago, you're going to want to keep a close eye on your bank account. Riot are "taking appropriate action to notify and safeguard affected players", and within the next day they'll be enacting a mandatory password change, which will require NA accounts to pick something safer. Something like, I dunno, Password2?