Welcome to the League of Legends World Tour! Here you can learn all about the diverse cultures in League of Legends, and all the things that make them a unique part of our global community.
The Tour begins with the Southeast Asian island nation of Taiwan. Taiwan has a long history of rich online gaming culture. Favorites can run the gamut from domestic titles to Korean games to western studio releases. And while most players in Taiwan primarily game from home, internet cafes remain a popular social destination where gamers can go to mingle with fellow players and participate in the occasional tournament.
Since its launch just six short months ago, the community in Taiwan has embraced League of Legends with more enthusiasm than nearly any territory to date. As a matter of fact, since the signups opened in earnest, roughly 5% of the total population of Taiwan has registered for a League of Legends account! Imagine if one in every 20 people you met was a fellow League of Legends summoner!
Naturally, Taiwan’s dedication to League of Legends isn’t limited to the Fields of Justice. Fan communities in Taiwan are some of the most active in the world, with popular League of Legends forums reaching upward of 1 million pageviews per day. On entertainment websites, League of Legends discussion boards regularly eclipse forums dedicated to other pastimes including sporting events. At a recent press event, League of Legends was even featured atop Taipei 101, the third tallest building in the world! This vibrant community also produces a massive volume of fan-created content.
As with many other regions in the global community, League of Legends live streams are also extremely popular in Taiwan. In particular summoners in Taiwan are fond of supporting other players of Asian descent such as Chaox, Doublelift and Westrice. Also, though the competitive ladder in the region is still young, gamers in Taiwan are already developing a streaming culture of their own, and viewers are turning out to support the competitive efforts of the players on their home platform.
Taiwan has also demonstrated a love for eSports, and, since launch, over 1200 teams from Taiwan have come together in the spirit of competition to compete in League of Legends tournaments. Taiwan's teams have also begun to break into some of the more prestigious international eSports competitions. At the World Cyber Games Grand Finals Taiwan’s national team severely tested the French nationals – a team composed of many veteran players from Season One Championship runner up Against All Authority – threatening them with elimination.
While the community may still be young, we’re delighted and impressed to witness the zeal that the summoners of Taiwan have brought to League of Legends in such a short time. We look forward to seeing what develops as participation continues to grow and even more players bring their passion and talents with them into our global community!
And remember that this is just our first stop on the League of Legends World Tour! There are a great many unique cultures that make up the international League of Legends community, so stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!