League of Legends is getting a Dota Auto Chess-inspired game mode

Auto Chess is one of the biggest custom game modes available for Dota 2 right now—so big that Valve is making a standalone version, while the original mod maker is building a mobile version for China. And now League of Legends studio Riot Games is moving into the "autobattler" genre with Teamfight Tactics, an eight-player mode in which combatants will buy and draft champions, place them on a hexagonal board, and send them off to do battle until only one squad is left standing. "We believe in making…

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League of Legends reveals Teamfight Tactics, its new Auto Chess mode

Riot has announced a new autobattler mode for League of Legends, called Teamfight Tactics, and it's going to be available to all players from 25th June (and on the public beta environment later this month).This is Riot's take on Auto Chess, the Dota 2 mod phenomenon - the mod Valve tried to collaborate with on it didn't work out, so now Valve is making its own.Teamfight Tactics pits eight players, one-on-one, against each other until only one remains. Battles are turn-based, like chess, and based…

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Riot has a new method for identifying overpowered League of Legends champions

Riot's game design manager David Capurro has laid out plans for a more systematic approach to balancing League of Legends' champions that puts more emphasis on the average player.Previously, Riot's general approach has been to "balance for Plat+ play", Capurro said in a blog post, but now the team will balance for four distinct categories of players, each with their own defined criteria for what it means to be overpowered. "While some may argue that the game should be balanced around only the very…

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League of Legends players can claim four free Loot Capsules through Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime subscribers on the League of Legends scene can snag four months of free in-game loot courtesy of a new deal between Twitch and Riot Games. Pop over to twitch.amazon.com and you can immediately claim a "Rift's Herald Capsule," which when opened will deliver unto you a pair of random Skin Shards, one random Legendary Skin Shard, and an exclusive emote. Once that's done, three more capsules will be sent your way, one every three months. Second on the list will be a Red Buff's Capsule, followed…

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League of Legends' new 'Pro View' mode gives me all the stats and POV options I want for watching esports

League of Legends' new Pro View mode won't make me a better player, but I sure appreciate Riot Games trying anyway. As someone who just started playing and is watching pro games to learn more, it's frustrating having no control over what players the camera is focusing on during big moments. Whether I'm watching on Twitch or at lolesports.com, I'm always at the mercy of what the commentators want me to see. That's what Pro View aims to fix by offering a customizable streaming client that lets you…

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League of Legends' new 'Pro View' mode gives me all the stats and POV options I want for watching esports

League of Legends' new Pro View mode won't make me a better player, but I sure appreciate Riot Games trying anyway. As someone who just started playing and is watching pro games to learn more, it's frustrating having no control over what players the camera is focusing on during big moments. Whether I'm watching on Twitch or at lolesports.com, I'm always at the mercy of what the commentators want me to see. That's what Pro View aims to fix by offering a customizable streaming client that lets you…

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League of Legends mobile version by Riot and Tencent in development - report

Are we about to witness the birth of one of the biggest money-makers in gaming? Reuters has reported Tencent and Riot are collaborating on a mobile version of League of Legends. Sources told Reuters the project has been in development for over a year, though it's unlikely to arrive anytime in 2019. Apparently the reason we haven't seen a League of Legends mobile game before is due to tensions between the companies on how to capitalise on the game. One source told Reuters a League of Legends mobile…

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Walkout organizers 'disappointed' by Riot's refusal to change forced arbitration policy

Earlier this month, employees at League of Legends studio Riot Games staged a walkout over the company's policy requiring that disputes with employees be settled through private arbitration rather than through lawsuits. Five current and former Riot employees filed lawsuits against the company in the wake of last year's in-depth Kotaku report into the company's deeply sexist internal culture; Riot moved to block some of those lawsuits by claiming that the employees involved had signed agreements waiving…

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Riot Games management seem unmoved after staff walkout

Unsurprisingly, but no less frustrating for it, Riot Games (League Of Legends) management aren’t backing down from their stance on forced arbitration. This company policy is preventing two current employees from suing over gender discrimination, and the primary reason for the recent staff walkout. They have, at least, said they’d end forced arbitration for new and future staff, but according to a public statement released last night, that’s as far as they’ll budge. They did declare – in cheerfully…

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Riot Games refuses to budge on arbitration for ongoing employee lawsuits, despite mass walkout

UPDATE 4.30PM In a fresh blog post on last week's walkout, Riot has detailed two new measures it has put in place since.First, there will be a new Diversity and Inclusion Rioters Council led by "engaged, thoughtful Rioters" to encourage discussions and highlight ways the company can improve. Second, Riot has invited "a diverse group" of staff to review the company's Code of Conduct.The blog describes the walkout as "an important moment in our company's transformation".Read more

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LCS demands removal of Echo Fox investor who used racist slur

A report surfaced last month that Echo Fox founder Rick Fox had threatened to leave the company over an investor's use of racist language in an email sent to former Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall. The report prompted Riot Games to launch its own investigation into the allegations—Echo Fox maintains LCS [League of Legends Championship Series] and Academy [an LCS development league] teams—saying that it would "respond accordingly, based on available actions within our team agreements and the LCS Rules." Today…

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Riot Games apologise for LoL event's risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option or not launching the feature, they went ahead. Which is unfortunate for players who are suddenly finding LoL…

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Riot Games apologise for LoL event's risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option or not launching the feature, they went ahead. Which is unfortunate for players who are suddenly finding LoL…

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Riot Games apologise for LoL event's risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option or not launching the feature, they went ahead. Which is unfortunate for players who are suddenly finding LoL…

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Riot Games apologise for LoL event's risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option or not launching the feature, they went ahead. Which is unfortunate for players who are suddenly finding LoL…

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Riot Games apologise for LoL event's risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option or not launching the feature, they went ahead. Which is unfortunate for players who are suddenly finding LoL…

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Riot Games apologise for LoL event's risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option or not launching the feature, they went ahead. Which is unfortunate for players who are suddenly finding LoL…

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Riot Games apologise for LoL event's risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option or not launching the feature, they went ahead. Which is unfortunate for players who are suddenly finding LoL…

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Riot Games apologise for LoL event's risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option or not launching the feature, they went ahead. Which is unfortunate for players who are suddenly finding LoL…

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Riot Games apologise for LoL event's risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option or not launching the feature, they went ahead. Which is unfortunate for players who are suddenly finding LoL…

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