Oh yeah, you read it! That JUST happened! WoW doesn’t have a death-grip on the online gaming scene anymore.
I know I’m going to get hit with 3.86 metric shit-tonnes <— blame Canada – of hate and flame for this but the news is the news and sometimes it’s a little more fun to report than others.
So here’s the deal.
League of Legends is an MMO. Now while it’s not strictly an MMORPG, it does maintain persistence, which is the chief hallmark of an MMO. The persistence takes the form of the Summoner, Masteries, Runes, the store and the Tribunal. So because it is a game which is played by tons of people, at the same time, in a persistent environment, it DOES qualify as an MMO.
Now does that mean it’s in the same class of game as World of Warcraft? Nah, not really.
That’s not the point, though. The point of the article is that League of Legends is now sitting pretty with 11.5 million registered players, with 1.3 million concurrent players online, average – giving it the top spot for “Most Players in a Massively Multiplayer game” and “Most concurrent players online” (Since everything I can find insists that number breaks records).
So what does this all mean? Well, sometimes you have to pull the rug out form under someone in order to make them realize they have some work to do. Hopefully this will make the people at Activision Blizzard realize they have some business to take care of and they can sort out their really boring game.
Anyway, I just wanted to share that with all of you because when I read it, I did the happy-booty-dance a little.
Also, Riot – the company behind League – wants to smash SOPA so we love them! Here’s what they have to say about it.
How would SOPA/PIPA impact League of Legends players?
– Kills streaming. If any single streamer plays copyrighted music (or alt tabs into a movie or other owned content) on their stream, there is a significant risk of the entire streaming service being taken down. In some cases, it could even result in criminal penalties for the streamer.
– Threatens independent content creation. Services we all use to create and share League of Legends related content, such as YouTube, Reddit, DeviantArt, streaming websites such as Own3d and Twitch, and more would be at risk of shutting down or greatly restricting the scope of legitimate content allowed on their sites.
– Attacks our community. Aspects of our service such as the official forums and potentially even in-game chat, could be taken down or have their features reduced based on user behavior.
– Other harmful effects. SOPA/PIPA undermine established intellectual property legislation like the DMCA, raise serious constitutional free speech issues, and could even compromise the basic security infrastructure of the internet.