Since October 27th, 2009, when League of Legends had its initial release of the game, it has come a long way. In doing so, it became a multi-billion organisation that tens of millions of people love to play and watch. But what made it so popular? That’s what we’re going to find out.
1. It’s Free
People love free stuff. I don’t know what it is about our brains. It’s like they are hardwired to always want free stuff. Keeping in mind that the majority of players who play this game are under 18 and are probably without a source of income. This gives League of Legends a huge boost in popularity alone, as many players may not be able to afford other games.
2. The Timing
When league was first launched, the only other competition was Dota. At the time, Dota was not in a good state. It was full of hackers, trolls and the gameplay was not up to par. To top it off, nobody would get banned so they could continuously cause havoc and get away with it. There was no official matchmaking and there was only one free map. The people at Riot Games saw this opportunity and grabbed it by the scruff of the neck. On release, they posted one message and it was simple.
What did they address? All of the problems that Dota was having. So simple, yet appealing to all the Dota fans who were sick and tired of the all the issues the game was having. League of legends solved these issues and created a platform that was more enjoyable, free and had a solid dev team who were constantly updating the game.
League has always been a competitive game. There are only winners and losers. This makes people want to keep coming back and improving. The sense of pride and accomplishment one feels when they win a 50 min+ game racing down each others nexus to win the game is incomparable. With the likes of e-sports, it brings in sponsors and money to the game. This helps with further development, updates and improvements to the game itself. Every two weeks a new patch is released which prevents the game from becoming stale and keeps it fresh.
League of legends gets a lot of hate for people being toxic. Every game has people who are toxic, its just league has millions of players and its bound to have more toxicity than other games, giving its competitive nature (And no, i’m not defending toxic people!). For the most part, the community is one of the biggest reasons the game is so popular. The game is popular on so many social platforms. Facebook has over 15M followers and Reddit has over 1.2M followers. On top of that, and arguably the most popular part of the League community is on Twitch and YouTube. People are free to stream and upload whatever they want in relation to league and million of people watch them. It brings the community together and helps promote the game to other people who have never played League of Legends before.
There are more reasons as to why League of Legends is so popular, but these are the top 4 reasons as to why the game is so popular in my opinion. What do you think is the main reason why League became the giant it is today? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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