Elderly Women In China Seen Praying to League of Legend Character

League of Legends is a world-famous game, with characters appearing all over. So what happens when you put a giant statue of one of the games most famous characters outside your door? You probably don’t expect to see an elderly women praying to it.

Caught on a security camera, the image appears to reveal an elderly women kneeling and offering an incense before praying to the statue. The statue is of famous League of Legends character Garren and was taken outside an internet cafe in China, hence the statue.

The reason for the mistaken prayer? It could be, and is most likely, that the women mistook the figure as Lord Guan Yu, a famous general during the Three Kingdoms period. Guan Yu is now often considered a god by many, so the mistake could be honest.

People have been responding with support for the women, with comments going along the line of:

“I feel really sorry for her, probably her family ran into some unexpected trouble, and she is looking for help,” one netizen sympathized.” and

“As long as your beliefs are sincere, then the true god will help you”

While it could be an honest mistake it’s nice to see people supporting the women, and hopefully she found comfort no matter who heard her prayers.

Research Finds In-Game Usernames Correlated With Anti-Social Behaviour

According to the latest research, it turns out the names we pick in game are a good predictor of how we behave in-game. By looking at the usernames of player in League of Legends, researchers were able to correlate anti-social tendencies in game with both age and the choice of username.

Rating names based on Anti-Social Naming Tendency (ANT) and Age as derived from the username, researchers correlated this data with Riot’s in-game reporting system. Not surprisingly, players with anti-social usernames tended to have more reports and complaints. It also found that younger players tended to have a much higher amount of reports sent and received, well in excess compared tot he amounts for older players.

Players with more neutral usernames tended to receive less reports and were more willing to give out “honor” or a positive report of other players. The same held true for older players who sent out honor 6% more often and received it 2% more frequently.

While we might think of older gamers are those in their late 20 and 30s and even beyond, it turns out that going up to 22-25 years of age was enough to see positive impacts. The researchers chalk up the age differences as due to cognitive development of the young male demographic. The anti-social naming is more self-explanatory, with real world personality being the driver. Interestingly enough, those with anti-social names tended to do very slightly better on average. With more research, it will be interesting to see the interaction between our real world and in-game personalities.

Facebook Research Reveals “LOL” is in Decline

Facebook has conducted a research paper on the communication behaviour of its users and language used to express laughter. The data was collected during the last week of May and analyzed any prominent string of characters matching laughter. Interestingly, “haha” was the most popular response with 51.4%, followed by an Emoji which users said 33.7% during the testing period. The term, “lol” has almost become obsolete and only attributes for 1.9% of discussions. This is quite surprising because “lol” was once the automatic response to convey laughter and I thought it was still used by a large demographic.It seems “lol” is predominately used by people in their late 20s who grew up with this terminology. The age chart includes figures for the median (dashed line), 25th and 75th percentiles. In direct contrast, Emojis are extremely popular with the under 25s and a new means to communicate online. Although, the research doesn’t specifically state how e-language type doesn’t always relate to comedy. Often, these terms are used as a verbal filler to continue a conversation or put the other participant at ease. From a linguistic standpoint, this is why so many people use wordings like “haha” after mundane sentences to denote a sense of familiarity.       As someone who grew up with virtually everyone using “lol”, this proves how language dramatically changes over time. While it makes me feel rather old, I will stick to my style of communication, as habits are very difficult to change.

Do you use any of these terms online?

Overclockers UK Enters the eSports Arena

Overclockers UK is well-known for the online shop full of great hardware and gaming systems, but they aren’t content with just supplying all the gaming components, they want to part of it. Not surprising when you have a company basically made up of gamers and for gamers, those who want the best and most out of it.

They have now formed their own professional League of Legends team in order to take on the online gaming community. Team Overclockers UK is sponsored by Cougar and will be competing in the Challenger Series and various tournaments with the aim to qualify for LCS, the biggest eSport league in the world. Being heavily involved in eSports, streaming and gaming internally with members of the staff, a professional eSports team was the next natural step.

The Overclockers UK team consists of the following people:

  • Marek “Libik” Kręgiel (Team Captain)
  • Kuba “Kubon” Turewicz
  • Wojciech “Tabasko” Kruza
  • Rafal “TakeFun” Górniak
  • Pawel “Celaver” Koprianiuk
  • Fryderyk “Veggie” Kozioł (coach)

The next match is on June the 30th against Team Dignitas and the reverse match will be played the next day, on Wednesday the first of July. The next team they’re up against will be Denial eSports on the 7th and 8th of July.

LoL Update Sees New Map Introduced

Many months ago I was introduced to a jaw-dropping statistic. According to their own data, Riot Games will see a minimum of 4 million users logged in to their League of Legends client at any one time, worldwide. This really helped put into perspective how big games were really becoming globally. This is coupled with the tens of thousands of concurrent users that League of Legends pro streamers receives every day, alongside hundreds of thousands of viewers for each world series tournament game.

On November the 13th, Riot Games released one of their biggest updates yet – seeing the new update to Summoners Rift head into BETA.

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that League of Legends is a massively successful project and here to stay. Commonly known as ‘League’ by its regulars, this update sees the games mainly played map fully updated with improved graphics, clutter minimization and it will mesh more with current game styling. So far it’s sounding like a very VALVE-eque CS:GO update in all honesty – you know, those updates they do after the 100th Reddit thread about map release clutter being unbearable. Riot has announced alongside this update that for the next “several weeks” you can earn yourself limited red and blue icons by winning a match on either respective starting side of your game.

There are other game-modes and maps besides Summoners Rift including their popular ARAM (All Random, All Mid) level – however updates for this version have not yet been announced to the public.

This update is said to come alongside more anti-cheating methods implemented by Riot, combating a various range of third-party plugins devised to give one or multiple players an unfair game advantage aka filthy hackers.

If you wish to try out the Beta of this new map, you’re going to have to queue with bots or in ‘team builder mode’ until it goes live on public matchmaking.

Image courtesy of onGamers

Lizard Squad Take Down Twitch and League of Legends

Game streaming service Twitch.tv and online game League of Legends have been hit by notorious hacking group “Lizard Squad”, leaving both services offline for gamers and spectators alike.

The hacking group, or what ever we should be calling them, launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in the early hours of the morning. The first attach hit Twitch and shortly after the team took down Riot Games League of Legends services.

https://twitter.com/LizardSquad/status/504416785194434562

I’m not sure what’s with this idiots ruining gaming services for people, but it was only last weekend that the same team took down the Sony PlayStation Network. PSN has since been restored, but is still suffering some minor network issues.

https://twitter.com/LizardSquad/status/504454145584427008

What ever will come next? Seems it is pretty common these days for online games and services to be bumped offline and there is little to nothing we can do about it.

Thank you Gamezone for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gamezone.

21 Year Old Earned $1000 A Day By Hacking League of Legends

Being a professional gamer is the desire of many young players, especially when they hear that the money involved can be serious, with league jackpots easily peaking at $5m USD as is the case with the upcoming LoL championships, but some people are not content on playing fair and square and earning their keep in legitimate ways. The latter way of making money is how a 21-year old hacker known as Shane ‘Jason’ Duffy rapidly built up his bank balance.

Earning $1000 per day, Duffy exploited a security breach that he found on an employee account of Riot Games, where the employee had not updated and changed their password as requested when a breach was originally discovered. This flaw though lead Duffy to a hackers gold mine – access to an estimated 24.5 million user accounts of LoL players around the world. On top of this he also had access to League of Legends: Supremacy, which he leaked out on to the public net shortly after.

Following the leak of Supremacy he was arrested and his equipment seized in conjunction with the illegal activities. Released on bail, Duffy soon went back to his old ways, offering a service to knock other LoL players out of games in exchange for cash along with the selling of character skins, which in itself made him $200-800 a time.

All of this activity led Duffy to have a massive bank balance, with over 880 transactions being accrued in one month, earning him well over $1000 a day. This second round of hacking soon brought him another meeting with the police, with another round of equipment getting seized, along with $110,000 worth of Bitcoins.

All of this illegal activity has come to bite him back as he now awaits sentencing in a Queensland court for nine separate charges of illegal activity, five of those for fraud with the others including a charge of hacking the Riot Games servers.

To put of this into context; if you want to earn a tidy living through online gaming, you’re better off in joining a gaming clan or team – this will bring you both money and fame in a legal way.

Source: Tweaktown

Riot Brings LoL Season 3 World Championship To The Staples Center On October 4th

Riot Games today unveiled plans for the Season 3 World Championship, the premier event for League of Legends professional esports on a global stage. Beginning 16 September, the best teams from each region around the world will descend on Southern California for a month of intense action, including semi-finals held at the Galen Center, the site of last year’s final. Once the dust settles, competitors will head downtown for the World Championship at the prestigious home of pro sports in Los Angeles – the Staples Center.

Taking place Friday, 4 October, the World Championship will be the pinnacle of pro League of Legends play this year, with the sport’s preeminent athletes battling in front of more than 10,000 live fans, plus millions more online. The winning team will be crowned the Season 3 world champion, walking away with the Summoner’s Cup and $1 million in cash. Tickets go on sale soon at lolesports.com and other associated ticketing outlets.

The road to the finals will not be easy. In the coming weeks, professional teams in each region will play in qualifier events around the world. The top 14 teams from North America, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and an international wild-card will then head to Southern California for the World Playoffs. After a group stage and two critical single-elimination rounds, the two remaining teams advance to the Staples Center for an epic showdown.

League of Legends World Championship facts:

  • Every match counts: Top teams from around the world will compete during qualifying events throughout the summer, with regional dominance and a trip to Los Angeles on the line
  • Eyes of the world on LA: With thousands of seats filled and millions of fans watching from home, the World Championship closes out a historic season for professional esports
  • Millions of dollars on the line: October’s $2 million prize pool rounds out the Season 3 total to more than $8 million across the globe
  • Viewership during the inaugural League of Legends All-Star event peaked at over 18 million unique viewers
  • Fans around the world casting more than 50 million votes to determine the event’s star players.

Thank you www.lolesports.com for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Competitive Gamer.

MLG Breaks Attendee Records With Largest Competitive Gaming Event In MLG History

Major League Gaming (MLG) has shattered previous records with more than 21,000 competitors and fans attending the three-day Spring Championship in Anaheim, CA. From June 28-30, hundreds of the world’s best players competed for $105,000 in prizes with FXOpen eSports (League of Legends), CompLexity (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) and Polt (StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm) taking home the first place titles. During the event, MLG announced the next Pro Circuit Championship will take place in Columbus, Ohio, from November 22 – 24. Additional details will be announced soon.

In an MLG first, top professional athletes joined video game players on Saturday to showcase their skills in an All Star Showdown. Dwight Howard – Los Angeles Lakers, Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys, Ty Lawson – Denver Nuggets and DeJuan Blair –San Antonio Spurs competed in front of thousands. Howard also joined MLG’s Chris Puckett and Mike “Hastro” Rufail in the casting booth to help commentate.
VOD of the MLG Spring Championship can be accessed at MLG.tv and photos are available online.

MLG Spring Championship Winners

League of Legends :

  • 1st – FXOpen eSports – $20,000 and a spot in the LCS Season 4 Spring Promotion Tournament
  • 2nd – Complexity – $5,000
  • 3rd/4th – Curse Academy, Aware Gaming – $2,500

Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Xbox 360:

  • 1st – CompLexity – $20,000
  • 2nd – Icons Impact – $12,000
  • 3rd – OpTic Gaming- $7,000
  • 4th – Curse – $4,000
  • 5th/6th – FaZe – $2,300
  • 5th/6th – Unite Gaming – $2,300
  • 7th/8th – IcoNs ConqueR – $1,200
  • 7th/8th – vVv Gaming – $1,200

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm:

  • 1st – CMStorm Polt – $10,000
  • 2nd – Quantic HyuN- $6,000
  • 3rd/4th – Liquid Hero – $3,000
  • 3rd/4th – Alliance Naniwa – $3,000
  • 5th/6th – StarTale Sound – $1,000
  • 5th/6th – STX Soul Dear – $1,000
  • 7th/8th – EG Jaedong – $500
  • 7th/8th – ROOT Sage – $500

MLG is growing at an incredible rate, as too are many other of the major gaming events around the world from Multiplay, Intel and MLG to name but a few. Even for those that don’t compete, it’s clear that pro gaming is currently top of its game. The next MLG Pro Circuit Championship – November 22-24 in Columbus, Ohio and if you’ve never been to one and you’re a gaming fan, it might be worth checking out the show.

Thank you MLG for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Team Dignitas.

League of Legends Freljord Patch Released

For the last few weeks I have been getting lost in the world of League of Legends and while I’ve been getting a lot of entertainment out of the game, I have noticed that it lacks one major feature, maps!

This latest patch has been eagerly awated by the League of Legends fan base for some time now and Patch 3.6 has finally gone live on the Riot Games servers for you to download/auto update to.

The new patch doesn’t just fix bugs and make tweaks as a patch would imply, this is pretty much a DLC pack too although DLC is a difficult term to use for a game that is at its core, free to play. With this new patch comes the Freljord map that adds an all mid lane battle ground to the mix.

With Freljord comes a new allegiance system where can can align with one of the three tribes of Freljord, a brand new map called Howling Abyss, and lets not forget the triumpant relaunches for both Trundle and Sejuani.

There have also been some fixes to the matchmaking system and combat, which will hopefully resolved some of the issues with dodgers by using a re-roll system and issues with being a melee team vs a range team, helping keep the game more ballanced and competitive throughout.

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Free To Play, In The Wrong?

Many games these days offer a wide range of things to buy over the internet, be it a quirky little add-on or even a mini expansion (EA’s Mass Effect Series for example). Recently the number of ‘Free To Play’ games has dramatically increased with games such as Star Wars, RIFT and many others offering a much better ‘Free To Play’ option to consumers, which allow you some, if not all aspects of the game for you to play without spending anymore than you did in getting the actual game, which was free of course.

This being said, it seems that the OFT (Office of Fair Trading) has written to companies offering free web or app-based games, seeking information on in-game marketing to children. This is merely the first step in an ongoing investigation that could prove to be a waste or time, but it could also change the way Free To Play games are made, marketed and sold in general.

Personally, I think this whole thing revolves around a few kids getting a bit ‘over the top’ with their daddy’s credit card and parents are screaming ‘foul play’. If you are stupid enough to leave your card details within “point, click and bought” distance of your child you kind of deserve to be screwed out of money.

However, one might question if this would put games such as League of Legends, which is famous for its Micro-transaction deals, into the crosshairs as they too say they are “Free To Play”.

Source: CVG

eTeknix @ Insomnia i48 – Coolermaster, CMStorm & Chillblast Booth

Coolermaster and CMStorm are out in force at i48 and they have plenty to see and do on their booth. As you may already know, CM Storm and Coolermaster make some of the best chassis and peripherals on the market today, such as the Scout II Advanced chassis and the Quickfire range of keyboards, many of which they’ve brought along with them for all to see, use and play on.

To get things started some of the guys from CM are holding a 1 v 1 tournament, just drop by, play the game and you can with a really cool t-shirt, unfortunately for CM they’ve been getting hammered and the end of day score was certainly in favor of the public, but then again we do have some epic LoL players here at iSeries. Plus the T-Shirts are brilliant, so if your near the booth, be sure to stop by and have a quick game with the CM guys.

While CM didn’t have any new products on show, they had all of their firm favorites and its a great opportunity for the public to get hands on with the devices, try them out, learn about them and of course play a few games while using them on the CM gaming rigs.

The Quickfire Pro, TK and Rapid keyboards where all on display and have proven really popular with the masses here at the show, I haven’t seen one moment where the CM booth wasn’t completely packed with people wanting to try them out and likely try blag one for free.

CM have a guest on their booth too, working along side Chillblast, who in their own words are “builder of the world’s fastest PCs” and I have to say it certainly looks it too as they have two laptops on offer that would blow most high end gaming rigs out of the water, running Crysis 3 on Ultra without breaking a sweat and clocking up gorgeous high FPS.

The LoL challenge is running on these gorgeous systems, which as you can see from the pile of empty energy drinks are getting well used today.

The CM team are having a blast on their booth and the LoL games, a giveaway competition to win a sublime Chillblast laptop that would be the envy of… well, everyone really, cool t-shirts, free energy drinks and a chance to play some games on high end gaming rigs with some of the best peripherals on the PC market, all of which are proving extremely popular with the crowd here at i48.

We’ve got plenty more coverage to bring you later today as well as some videos, so stay tuned for more either on the site, Facebook or Twitter.

MLG and OGN Partner for League of Legends Online Winter Championship

MLG has teamed up with Ongamenet (OGN) to give seven top Korean League of Legends teams a chance to compete at the MLG Winter Championship in Dallas, Texas from March 15-17. On Saturday, March 2, OGN will hold a single elimination bracket featuring NaJin Sword, LG IM, KT Rolster A, SK telecom T1, MVP, KT Rolster B and NaJin Shield.

The winning Korean team will advance to the International Exhibition at the MLG Winter Championship where they will compete against three other teams for a chance at $15,000 in prizes and a first place prize of $10,000.

On Monday, March 4 beginning at 3pm ET, MLG will broadcast up to four matches, including the final, in English on www.majorleaguegaming.com and www.twitch.tv/mlglol. Following the broadcasts, VoD will be available at mlg.tv and youtube.com/officialmlglol.

For more information about the League of Legends tournaments at the MLG Winter Championship click here. To watch the tournament LIVE in person, purchase a VIP or Spectator Pass now.

QualifierMLG to Broadcast Matches on Monday, March 4 beginning at 3pm ET on www.majorleaguegaming.com

Winning Korean Team Advances to International Exhibition at the MLG Winter Championship in Dallas – March 15-17 to Compete for $15,000 in Prizes

To find out more about OGN’s leagues and broadcasts visit www.facebook.com/OngamenetGlobal and follow @ognglobal.