Before all the fame, the millions of active players, the billions in revenue, and even before the esports tournaments that topped 100 million spectators, League of Legends was just an idea.
Developed by the company Riot Games, which has been in business since 2006, have almost 15 years of experience. Their head office is based in Santa Monica, California.
In the early stages, the company started as an indie game developer in Los Angeles. Brandon Beck founded the company along with the co-founder Marc Merrill.
The company released its first game back in October 2008, and League of Legends was released a year later. By July 2012, LOL was the most played PC game in North America and Europe regions regarding the number of hours played.
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Jeff Jew, who was the intern in the company at that time, stated, “The game really sucked for a long time, nobody [at Riot] wanted to play the game because it was really bad. But they forced us to.”
On October 27, 2009, Riot released League of Legends. Among the developers, Steve “Guinsoo” Feak and “Pendragon” Mescon the two individuals who previously worked on some famous and successful games like Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients (DotA). The same mod-inspired league.
At the beginning (beta) in April 2009, the game had 17 champions to choose from:
- Master Yi
- Twisted Fate
Riot originally planned to release the game with 20 champions officially, but after some analysis, they doubled the number to 40 and eventually released the game in October 2009.
In November 2011, Riot Games stated that LOL housed around 32.5 million players, 11.5 million of whom played monthly and 4.2 million daily.
In October 2013, Riot released data showing almost 12 million active daily players and 32 million active monthly players.
Following January 2014, the game had 27 million active daily players, 7.5 million concurrent players at peak times, and 67 million active players every month.
In 2020, There are about 115 million League of Legends players on the planet. The growth graphs just went higher and higher for Riot Games. The launch stays one of the most memorable moments in Riot Game’s decade long journey.
The game currently has a large following on streaming platforms, such as YouTube and Twitch, and its popularity has favored the opportunities to merchandise and tie-ups, music videos, comic books, collectibles, and much more.
League of Legends will soon be available on the Android and IOS platforms. A mobile version of the game featuring the map Wild Rift entered open beta for the Southeast Asian region on October 27, 2020.
Currently, there is no set date for the official release of the mobile version of the game, but the official site states, “The plan is to have the mobile version fully live in almost all of the regions by the end of 2020, with console coming sometime after.”
Are you excited about the mobile version of LOL?