Data and Champion Balance – Part 1

In part 1 of our Data & Champion Balance dev blog, Riot Jules talks about what really goes into a champion’s win rate and what other data we use to assess champion balance.
6 days ago

Champion Insights: Tahm Kench, the River King

We sat down with the champion ideation team to hear about the process that took an idea - Fish Tank - and turned it into Tahm Kench.
3 months ago

Building Butcher’s Bridge: the Bilgewater event

Later this summer, we’ll launch our next event called Bilgewater: Burning Tides. As part of the event, the temporary Butcher’s Bridge ARAM map brings Bilgewater to life for the first time in game. Read on to learn more about the new map and the creative storm at Riot inspired by the possibilities in the teeming port city.
3 months ago

Dev Blog: Visual Effects in League of Legends

With visual effects updates coming for Galio, Nautilus, Corki, and Brand, we thought we’d share some core values behind how we update VFX.
3 months ago

Player Behavior Design Values: Punishment

Our player behavior philosophies include reform, rewards and punishment. We believe punishment is most effective when structured towards reform, because other designs often address symptoms, not root causes.
6 months ago

The Featured Game Modes of 2014

2014 has come and gone, taking with it the creation of seven new featured game modes for League of Legends! Looking back, we had fun making each and every mode, tackling the unique challenges each one presented, and hope you guys had just as much fun playing them. This feels like a good time to look back at 2014’s Featured Game Modes, what we learned from some of them, and how we arrived at a variety of design decisions along the way.
6 months ago

Player Behavior Design Values: Reward

Our player behavior philosophies include punishment, reform and positive reinforcement. With rewards, we have to be careful to design systems that don’t simply incentivize positive behavior for a small duration, but provide reasons to stay positive all the time.
8 months ago

Dev Blog: The Riot API

We want to chat with you about the place of 3rd party websites and applications within the League of Legends ecosystem. This has been a frequent topic of discussion amongst the community in the past year, and hopefully I can provide some insight into our vision for supporting developers in providing added value to both League of Legends and players, while at the same time protecting the integrity of the game and most importantly the player experience.
9 months ago

Champion Insights: We are the Spear of Vengeance

Kalista began development when the smoke cleared from Jinx’s launch. The champion team faced a new challenge. Years of female marks(wo)men featured similar shape language and gobs of guns, bows and even bow-guns. A consensus formed: the time had come for a different approach to a female marksman.
10 months ago

Exploring Player Behavior Design Values

There is no silver bullet that solves negative behavior in online games. Players are a diverse bunch, and each player has different motivations and responds differently to different consequences. We design diverse systems using three core philosophies based on reform, punishment, and reward.
10 months ago