League of Legends (abbreviated LoL or just League) is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena, real-time strategy video game . Let’s see some awesome facts and trivia about it!
1.The game was inspired by the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod, Defense of the Ancients
2.League of Legends was released on October 27, 2009.
3. League of Legends was generally well received at release, and has grown in popularity. By July 2012, it was the most played PC game in North America and Europe in terms of the number of hours played.
4. As of January 2014, over 67 million people played League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.
5. In Asia, Tencent Inc., China’s largest Internet value-added services company best known for its QQ Instant Messaging client, has been in charge of the distribution to Tencent’s growing 300 million Internet user base through its leading QQ Game portal. The deal was one of only a handful of partnerships to bring a U.S.-developed online game directly to China.
6. In Europe, Riot Games has signed an international licensing partnership with GOA, the video games department of Orange’s Content Division and Europe’s largest gaming portal.
7. On October 13, 2009, GOA and Riot announced that they would start channeling server access for players located in Europe to GOA’s dedicated servers.This restriction meant that players located in Europe would not be able to play on Riot’s servers in the United States. Due to negative community feedback, the channeling decision was rescinded October 16, 2009.
8. In Taiwan, it is estimated that almost 5 percent of their entire population played the game, with almost 1 million players subscribed on the server.
9. The World Cyber Games 2011 Grand Finals in Los Angeles hosted a League of Legends tournament, at which teams from China, Europe, and the Americas competed. The Counter Logic Gaming team from North America won the tournament, earning a $7,000 prize.
10. League of Legends is the 2nd most profitable game to play competitively in eSports history with nearly $20 million awarded in prize money since the game’s release. That’s more than the original Counter-Strike and StarCraft combined!
11. While American players can certainly hold their own in League of Legends, currently Korean players have won a collective total of over 5.5 million dollars from competitions. That’s more than 3 times as much money as Americans have won.
12. Zilean, the great Chronokeeper, is named after Tom “Zileas” Cadwell, a design director at Riot Games. Cadwell’s got an impressive pedigree, with a computer science degree from MIT, and credits at Blizzard on Warcraft III The Frozen Throne and WoW.
13. The game references a 14th-Century italian knight. The famous Italian fencing master Fiore dei Liberi had a large influence on martial arts, due mainly to his illuminated manuscripts which have survived for over 600 years. In League of Legends, the character Fiora uses fencing as her fighting style and she has a very similar name.
14. George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis, dropped out of college to pursue a professional career in League of Legends. Youth is a huge factor in rapid reflexes and reaction speed, so he struck while the iron was hot and it served him well.
15. The mad chemist Singed has the distinction of being the early figurehead for Champions in the game. Along with Annie, Sion, and Sivir, he was one of the very first Champions designed.
16. Mike Laygo, a senior animator on League of Legends, stated that Aatrox’s animations were inspired by Balrog and Sauron. Lago himself has previously worked on Lord of the Rings games.
17. Tristana’s Buster Shot is an Homage to Mega Man.
18. While it hasn’t been officially confirmed by Riot, the bestial huntress Nidalee could be based on Nävis from the illustrated series Wake.
19. Everyone loves the adorable Poros, and they’re even cuter with a giant black moustache. Simply feed it Poro-Snax while playing as Braum and the cute little critter will sprout some facial hair to match its burly benefactor.
20. Zyra, Cassiopeia, Fiora, Shyvan & Elise Share the Same Voice. These five characters are all performed by voice actress Karen Strassman. If she sounds familiar it’s because she’s also worked on iconic anime like Gurren Lagann, Samurai Champloo and Code Geass.
21. A senior animator for Riot Games said that in her original design Vi was actually named Ruby and enforced the law with the help of some roller skates.
22. Malphite is an awesome looking tank champion. If you’ve played him a few times or just have a keen eye, you’ll see that when he used his “Ground Slam” attack, the fist imprinted on the ground is actually Riot Games’ logo!
23. The Fear effect causes an opponent to walk away from your opponent whilst also having their movement speed reduced. There’s quite a few “scary” champions and we are surprised this effect isn’t utilised by more of them. The only champions who can make use of the Fear effect are Shaco, Volibear, Fiddlesticks (shown) and Nocturne.
24. Teemo is based off an emoticon. In fact, his name is an anagram of ‘emote’. If you look at his terrifyingly devilish smile, you’ll notice that it’s similar to the emoticon
25. Nidalee’s lore reveals that she was raised by a family of cougars. The Bestial Huntress also has the ability to change into a cougar herself… but she also has a hidden passive that makes allied champions who are a lower level than her gain a bit more experience when they’re close to her!
26. If you read up on any of the in-game lore, you’ll find out in the Journal of Justice that the golden golem actually runs a chain of magic cafes where he offers “Fleshling Compatibility Services” through which champions can engage in “instantaneous mating.”
27. The BF Sword in League of Legends is a fairly expensive basic item that does about 50 attack damage. Maybe it fetches a premium price because it’s got that “90s cool” attitude straight from Doom’s most over-the-top weapon.
28. The demon jester has inspired enough creepy cosplay to deliver thousands of nightmares, but he’s lighthearted enough to engage in wordplay too.
29. The rarest skin is PAX Twisted fate. The code for this was given out at one of the very first league of legends conventions bearing in mind this was not a popular game at that time. So the very few people who did attend and get the code and kept it are very lucky as very are the few people who actually has this skin now.
30. The Radiant Dawn champion uses the power of the sun to help her in battle. What does the sun hate? Sunglasses! Leona gets a damage drop of 1 against characters wearing sunglasses (even skins), so think about that the next time you try to fight Vayne.
31. The official odds of witnessing and getting a pentakill have been released. The chance of simply witnessing a pentakill are 1 in 150, the chances of you getting a pentakill yourself is a huge 1 in 1500. Obviously this doesn’t mean that no matter how good you are, you will only get one every 1500 games, but probably it was taken from the amount of games per pentakill or so.
32. While Irelia gets all the notoriety for nerfing, Kassadin’s actually had his skill set swatted down more often. He recently had his cooldown time increased by 8 seconds. The poor guy can’t catch a break.
33. On the Twisted Treeline map, there is a powerful enemy called Vilemaw. He looks like a tough cookie and you shouldn’t even try to face him until you’ve grown powerful yourself. He has a different side though, if you and a friend use the “/dance” command in front of him, he dances too.
34. The Juggernaut skill is located in the Defense mastery perk that grants a 3% bonus to your maximum health. What is quite trivial is the resemblance of the Juggernaut art to the champion Braum. We are not 100% sure this has been confirmed but it is interesting nonetheless.
35. After you win the Howling Abyss, be patient for about half a minute and the Ice Witch Lissandra will give some cool narration in her frosty aristocratic accent. It was the best of times and the worst of times. It was the time of the three sisters.
36. There is a hidden passive in League of Legends that reduces “ninja” type champions health by 1 for each other ninja on their team. You have to love these kind of features, meaningless to the gameplay but add an extra level of depth.
37. Silent Bob’s cousin in the indie film Clerks is a strange guy obsessed with heavy metal, whose vulgar song lyrics are unprintable here. His spirit lives on in League of Legends!
38. The web site Rift Walk has a cool feature that lets you map out player stats in League of Legends over time. The picture above is an aggregate of 100,000 players in 10,000 games.
39. Gentleman Cho is not the only skin with different voiceovers, but it was the first. He also has a personal section on the Latin America server, where he uses extremely old-fashioned and proper Spanish to denote the proper use of League terms.
40. League features six sets of sibling champions: Morgana and Kayle, Lux and Garen, Ashe and Sejuani, Draven and Darius, Nasus and Renekton, and Cassiopeia and Katarina. The Fallen Angel and The Judicator were the two first champions to be featured as relations.
41. Before Hexakill was made, there existed something called “Legendary Kill.” As the rank above a Pentakill, Legendary Kill could only be achieved through the usage of Revive and Teleport. It has since been removed from the game.
42. League features a huge number of Easter eggs, which are messages, jokes, or little-known features hidden throughout the game. While they don’t significantly impact game play, they are definitely amusing to see. For instance, Yasuo taunts ninjas by saying, “Cute mask. Your, uh… mom sew that?” as a reference to the rivalry that exists between samurai and ninjas.
43. It might be a bit too much to ask when you’re concentrating on the game, but there actually are snakes slithering around on the Rift. However, when Cassiopeia is chosen as a champion, all of them mysteriously disappear. They reappear when she’s killed.
44.According to renowned eSports commentator Leigh Smith, the sound effects for Zac’s squishes were “made from dog food and beans inside a condom slapped against a wall.” Hats off to Riot for their disgusting ingenuity.
45. In honor of a Make-A-Wish patient who visited Riot Games, Jax will occasionally say, “Here’s to you, kid,” to honor his memory. Jax was his favorite character, and Riot used the Jaximus skin to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.