George's Case Study

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

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How does it Work?

History:

In 2009, Riot games released its first and only stand-alone title League of Legends. The co-founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill partnered Steve with Steve Mescon to create the game. They based the game off of Defense of the Ancients (DotA), however they added more variety to the game with the addition of more characters, items and game play in general.
The game has exploded with popularity as in 2010, a League of Legends tournament was played amongst the many at the World Cyber Games where first place won 7000 dollars. The next year, a tournament specifically for League of Legends began which featured 100,000 dollars total of prize money and first place getting 50,000. The next year the first place prize rose to 1,000,000 dollars.
In the US Citizenship and Immigration services, it is now possible to get a visa through professionally playing League of Legends as they are now considered professional athletes. This allows “athletes” to stay in the United States for up to 5 years.

Gameplay:

The game consists of 2 teams of either 3 or 5 players, each battling the other to get to the enemy base and destroy their Nexus, which is sort of like a beacon. You move your character around using the click of the mouse and you attack using the mouse in combination with the Q, W, E, R keys. The playing field consists of a home base, a jungle and three paths that lead to the middle of the map for each team. On each path, there are turrets that are there to protect any enemies thus adding length to the game. An average game takes between 30-45 minutes however a team is capable to surrender at the 20 min mark as long as at least 70% of the team agrees to give up.

How is it used?

While the game is mostly used for fun purposes, the game has also been known to be used as an outlet for many disadvantaged people. Those who cannot walk, cannot talk, or do many thing and actions that can be considered “normal” can now play as a gunslinger, or a vampire or any other of the many characters that are available. Not only that, with the recent change in the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, children can now achineve dreams of being a professional athlete through ways that do not acquire physical perfection. Sick kids can now become professionals that other people look up to.