League of Legends is a multiplayer video game, released in 2009 by Riot Games. Besides playing online, the players have an opportunity to take part in the League Championship Series and the World Championship, where they can win trophies and money prizes.
The players assume the role of a Summoner, controlling a Champion, who takes part in command battles at different locations. Champions can be of six types: Assassin, Fighter, Mage, Support, Tank and Marksman. Each Champion has some peculiar features and a unique set of abilities. Thus, Assassin specializes in killing a champion as fast as possible; Marksman is weak in the beginning but grows strong by the end of the match; Fighter combines the abilities of a damager and tank; Support usually provides aid to other champions; Mage has powerful magic damage skills. In each battle, the development of the champion starts anew by getting to a new level and buying special items. During the game, champions get experience points and, in the beginning of each level, they get a point, which allows to improve their skills. Both skills points and gold are earned for killing minions or monsters, murder of the opponent or destruction of enemy's buildings. The skills of the Champion can be also improved with the help of runes and talents.
League of Legends is a MOBA game (multiplayer online battle arena), which is played from a third-person perspective. It has three locations: Summoner's Rift, Twisted Treeline and Howling Abyss. In each game, champions gather in commands and matches usually last 20-50 minutes. The enemies may be either other players or bots. As a rule, the goals of the battles are connected with the destruction of the enemy's Nexus. The success of a team depends on obtainment and realization of the advantages at different stages of the game.
Besides developing his character, a player also develops his or her account by getting Influence Points for each match. These points allow to get access to other maps and game modes. The points also help to acquire new champions and runes.