League of Legends second season starts this fall

Next cycle of Riot Games' free-to-play online title's competitive action will feature $5 million prize pool, "the biggest in eSports history."

League of Legends organizer Riot Games is embracing the notion of its game as a competitive gaming staple, announcing today a second season of the game to kick off this fall with a $5 million prize pool it calls "the biggest in eSports history."

This is one league that won't have a lockout in the off-season.

The recently wrapped first season saw the championship matches draw 1.7 million viewers, and the game has become an official selection of Major League Gaming, the Electronic Sports League, and the World Cyber Games. For season two, Riot Games is planning a variety of competitions big and small, from large-scale tournaments for top-tier players to weekly open registration competitions.

That League of Legends prize pool is likely to be split more ways than ever before, as Riot Games has plans to launch the title in free-to-play hotbeds like China and Korea later this year. Last month, the developer announced that more than 15 million players have already downloaded the game in North America and Europe, with 1.4 million playing the game on a daily basis.

Established in 2006, Riot Games--which is composed of talent from Blizzard Entertainment and the mod community that made DOTA--shipped League of Legends in 2009. The game was recently a victim of a LulzSec hack attack that targeted a number of companies. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's review of League of Legends.

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10 comments
FlamingFury
FlamingFury

@TheZorker Maybe it deserves an after the fact update, but let's be honest. It was the game they chose to ship, and that was the review it deserved at the time. If we did this with every game, things would go nuts (see TF2).

Skiveron
Skiveron

Normally in any LoL post there are legions of HoN fanboys coming and talking trash. I guess they know their game will die the moment Dota2 is released. Btw i have mad respect for Dota. HoN = terrible Dota ripoff.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

One of the best news I've read all day. I can't wait for Season 2!! :D

TheZorker
TheZorker

Hey, Gamespot? LoL deserves an updated review, with a look at its full pricing model. Looking at it from the perspective of a $30 year old box edition just doesn't actually cut it. -JB

Pete5506
Pete5506

Trying to get people to stay and not switch over to Dota 2, smart move Riot

Reyveign
Reyveign

@chapnzaba Same, lol. I try just as hard as I can, but I'm worthless in PvP =/

chapnzaba
chapnzaba

Love this game. Too bad I suck xD

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

@kmarrelly Ha, piontles. Awesome. But wow, 5 million buckaroonies for a game. That's AWESOME.

kmarrelly
kmarrelly

bringing up the lulzsec hack is so piontles... forget bout those loosers.