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Co-Opinion: How sporty are eSports?

This is Co-Opinion, where two Joystiq editors play a game and discuss their experience. This edition focuses on the merits of eSports and how they fit with traditional sports. Jess Conditt: Let's lay out the foundation here: I'm a fan of eSports and sports in the same way. I play games from bot...

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Report: League of Legends hacker made $1,000 a day

If being a jerk on the Internet is a competition, Shane "Jason" Duffy might be in the champion's running. Police raided the 21-year-old's room regarding a League of Legends security incident in 2011, which Riot eventually addressed in 2012, and Duffy's online activity while on bail earned another ...

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League of Legends retires skin codes to fight scam artists

Riot Games is retiring skin codes released prior to April 2014 in an effort to curb third-party re-selling and fraud, according to Community Coordinator Ben Forbes, AKA Riot Draggles. If you're just tuning in, skins in League of Legends change a character's visual look, so that a pirate might becom...

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Riot Games offers new hires 'cash to quit'

League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced a new company initiative called Queue Dodge, which allows new North America hires to receive 10 percent of their annual salary if they leave the company within 60 days. "Basically, we're offering new hires cash to quit," the company stated. Ri...

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Illinois college offering scholarships to League of Legends players

Robert Morris University in Chicago put out a call recruiting League of Legends players to its first varsity eSports team earlier this month. According to Riot Games, RMU will become the first university to offer a competitive team at the varsity level, and will offer scholarships to players "of up...

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Riot Games summoning update to League of Legends' 5v5 map

Like an enemy champion leaping out from tall grass, Riot Games has revealed that League of Legends will be getting an overhaul to its 5v5 map, Summoner's Rift. According to a post highlighting some of the changes, the update is focused on five main tenets: clarity and readability, visual fidel...

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League of Legends takes a top spot on ... iTunes?

Proving that you don't need to be real to earn real success, the debut album from Pentakill, a band made up of five League of Legends characters, is currently sitting at number one on the iTunes metal charts. Look, we'd be clever and throw in a pun or two here, but this news really speaks for it...

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Fans watched 2.4 billion hours of eSports in 2013

Got some spare time on your hands? Apparently so, according to a recently-unveiled report from IHS Technology, which claims that people tuned into eSports-themed video programming for a total of 2.4 billion hours in 2013. Just in case that slipped by, that's billion. With a B. Which is roughly 2...

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How to win more in League of Legends: play as blue team

Would you believe that a team's color can influence how often they win or lose? If you're shaking your head and thinking 'of course not," The Daily Dot has some data to show you regarding wins vs. losses in League of Legends. According to the Dot's data sampling, in ranked matches with draft pick r...

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Artist takes League of Legends from MOBA to 2D fighter

League of Legends may not share much in common with your average 2D fighter, but the hyper-popular multiplayer online battle arena does feature a large, diverse cast of champions, which was enough impetus for Brazilian artist Iury Padilha to reimagine the MOBA in a more intimate combat style. Pa...

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