The OG: League of Legends

League of Legends (LoL) released in 2009 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed by Riot Games. The game is free to play and is supported by microtransactions. There is no competitive advantage to making in-game purchases if a player plays LoL enough to acquire every champion.

In League of Legends, players control a champion with unique abilities that battle against a team of other players’ champions. The goal of the game is to destroy the opponent’s nexus, a structure that is protected by other defensive structures.

Champions begin each game at level one and gain experience over the course of the match to achieve a maximum level of 18. There are both NPC’s in the map that are neutral and that fight for each team.

League of Legends is the most played game in the world.

Competitive Scene:

Professional Scene-The first professional league LCK (LoL Champions of Korea) has been running since 2012 and then the NA and EU LCS (League Championship Series) started shortly after in 2013. Now there are professional leagues all around the world with hundred of players making at least six-figure salaries.

Collegiate Scene-Riot is very involved with collegiate League of Legends

Quick Summary for Varsity Gaming

Most similar game- DOTA, Heroes of the Storm

Number of players per competitive team- 5

Cost to buy game- Free

Costs to be on level playing field- Free

Where to compete- AVGL, CSL, uLoL

Systems- PC, Mac

PC Requirements- Low

Here are the League of Legends System Requirements (Minimum)
CPU: Info
CPU SPEED: 2 GHz processor (supporting SSE2 instruction set or higher)
RAM: 1 GB RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista and newer)
OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 3 ONLY), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
VIDEO CARD: Shader version 2.0 capable video card
PIXEL SHADER: 2.0
VERTEX SHADER: 2.0
FREE DISK SPACE: 8 GB
League of Legends Recommended Requirements
CPU: Info
CPU SPEED: 3 GHz processor
RAM: 2 GB of RAM (4 GB of RAM for Windows Vista and higher)
OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 with the latest service pack installed
VIDEO CARD: Nvidia GeForce 8800/AMD Radeon HD 5670 or equivalent video card (Dedicated GPU with 512MB or higher Video Memory(VRAM))
PIXEL SHADER: 4.0
VERTEX SHADER: 4.0
FREE DISK SPACE: 12 GB
DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 512 MB