Riot kicked off the third season of League of Legends' Championship Series today with a special treat for enthusiast summoners: LoL eSports, a new hub site for streaming upcoming matches for free and keeping tabs on team bios, play-by-plays, and the latest standings.
League of Legends Championship Series
Riot have announced the details for the third season of the League of Legends Championship Series, and they're looking mighty exciting for fans of eSports. There are plans for regular season play, an All-Star tournament, and an attempt to reign in the many disparate worldwide championships into the main series' action.
As an outsider to the MOBA scene, I'd kind of assumed that harassment and verbal abuse were pretty much the entire point of the genre. Apparently not, as Riot's esports team have made the decision to permanently ban IWillDominate, a pro-gamer signed to Team Dignitas.
The League of Legends Tribunal shared their decision on the game's forums. They point out that, while they do not tolerate any unsportsmanlike behaviour, IWillDominate - real name, Christian Rivera - was particularly notable because of how "severe and consistent" his behaviour was.
League of Legends is getting a new league. The Championship series will kick off in season three,featuring the eight best EU and US teams "plus top teams from the Asian regions." Matches will be streamed live in HD for free every week and competitors will battle for a prize pool of millions.
"A global league of the top professional, salaried teams and will feature a structured season with multiple matches per week and playoff events leading up to the World Championship.
millions of dollars in prizes up for grabs," confirms a post on the League of Legends site.