Why is League of Legends so popular?

League of Legends
Aidan van Vuuren

In the world of Esports, League of Legends is one of the most popular games out there. This can be attributed to its competitive nature and endless playtime.

Plus, it benefits from being one of the first video games to understand and target esports. LoL was one of the first games to put so much focus on Esports. Because of this, many developers nowadays base their format and structure of competitive games on League of Legends.

What is League of Legends?

League of Legends is one of the first MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games. You play the role of a legend and team up with four players to battle against an opposing team. The objective is to destroy the other team's base first while fighting battles across the map.

Riot Games built a world that fits the game. The Legends originate from a place called Runeterra, each character with its own distinct culture and regions. The developers have added more depth to the legends and their connections with each other. The in-depth lore of League is one of the main reasons players invest so heavily in the game.

With 140+ champions to choose from, developers periodically modify the game to keep things interesting throughout the seasons. Ranks change every season, and players can work their way up along with the changes. New champions are routinely integrated into the game to add more excitement for the players.

Why is League of Legends so popular?

The main reason for the popularity of LoL is its accessibility. It was one of the first games to use a free-to-play model successfully. The game was released without a price tag. The company instead profited from cosmetics that provided purely aesthetic benefits. This model was used only in MMO games at that time, and was a fringe idea even then.

This led to a huge wave of gamers starting to play LoL as it was free to play. This created a snowball effect as the more people started playing, the more interest in the game increased.

The main reason for its popularity in Esports is the competitive nature of the game. You work with a five-player team against another team in a battle of skill and strategy. Players wanted to reach the highest rank in the game and started grinding their way to the top. But only the very best could achieve this.

League of Legends is extremely fun to play and spectate. Even casual gamers or ex-players still watch their favourite teams compete.

So, answer your question "Why is League of Legends so popular?", in summary, League of Legends benefits from several factors that have led to its rise in popularity, including its accessibility and competitive nature. It also nurtured its relationship with the esports scene from early on.

The most likely cause of its success is the fact that the development team closely observes and listens to the feedback from its fanbase. Its transformation over the years can be attributed to the trials they've done based on feedback from its player base.

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