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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 15, 2019 at 05:40.

Rick Fox’s League Of Legends Team Is No More

Rick Fox’s League Of Legends Team Is No More

After months of internal strife following the news that one of its investors had called a fellow shareholder the n-word, the esports organization co-founded by Rick Fox has officially lost its coveted spot in the League of Legends Championship Series, Riot Games announced today. 

“On August 13, the LCS and Echo Fox entered into an agreement that will terminate Echo Fox’s participation in the...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 31, 2019. 4 comments

Rick Fox Accuses Fellow Esports Organization Investor Of Trying To 'Engineer A Firesale'

Rick Fox Accuses Fellow Esports Organization Investor Of Trying To 'Engineer A Firesale'

In a new interview with The Richard Lewis Show, Rick Fox accused fellow Team Echo Fox investor Amit Raizada of being a “bully,” “self-dealing,” and holding the company “hostage.”

“For me, unfortunately, two years in I discover the nature of who he is, and shame on me for not going to Google,” Fox said during the interview. “My son says all the time, ‘Dad, just Google it.’ I come from an era...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 24, 2019. 17 comments

Report: Rick Fox's Esports Organization Plans To Sell League Of Legends Slot To Rams, Arsenal Owner

Report: Rick Fox's Esports Organization Plans To Sell League Of Legends Slot To Rams, Arsenal Owner

Former LA Laker Rick Fox’s esports organization Team Echo Fox plans to sell its slot in the North American League of Legends Championship Series to Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke , according to a new report by ESPN.

It’s the latest development in an increasingly complex drama that’s been unfolding since late April when an investor in Echo Fox, Amit Raizada, was revealed to have used a...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 17, 2019. 8 comments

Riot Delays Taking Action Against Echo Fox Over Investor's Racist Remarks

Riot Delays Taking Action Against Echo Fox Over Investor's Racist Remarks

Back in May , League of Legends Championship Series commissioner Chris Greeley gave esports organization Team Echo Fox an ultimatum: oust investor Amit Raizada over racist remarks he made in the past, or face consequences that could jeopardize Echo Fox’s future in the world of competitive League of Legends. The commissioner gave Echo Fox 60 days to fulfill those terms. Yesterday, that...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 04, 2019.

Some Very Good League Of Legends Cosplay

Some Very Good <i>League Of Legends</i> Cosplay

Korean cosplay star Tasha (from Spiral Cats) is having one hell of a 2016, blowing the doors off first with her Overwatch work, and now some Jinx from League of Legends.

Yannick LeJacq Yannick LeJacq Jul 03, 2019.

League Of Legends Team Booted From Challenger Series For Shady Activity

<i>League Of Legends</i> Team Booted From Challenger Series For Shady Activity

Not having enough players on a team might seem like a pretty fundamental problem for any sports team, be it electronic sports or...the analog kind. Not so for North American League of Legends Challenger Team Fusion.

The Challenger Series, for those who might not be familiar with the intricacies of League of Legends’ burgeoning professional eSports ecosystem, is sort of like the little leagues...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 03, 2019. 4 comments

Custom Controller Lets You Rage-Quit By Literally Pouring Salt

Custom Controller Lets You Rage-Quit By Literally Pouring Salt
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A very wise man who wore a hood and whose skin was practically melting off his bones once said, “Good! Use your aggressive feelings, boy. Let the hate flow through you.” Probably, he was talking to a gamer about video games. Competitive games make people mad. There’s no getting around it, so you might as well embrace...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 28, 2019. 5 comments

Teamfight Tactics Is Very Popular, And Its Servers Are Not Holding Up

Teamfight Tactics Is Very Popular, And Its Servers Are Not Holding Up

Teamfight Tactics, Riot’s popular League of Legends-flavored spin on auto chess, the auto battler sensation that’s methodically sweeping multiple nations , is now officially out. This, you might figure, would be good for people who want to play it. You would be wrong.

Riot has been gradually rolling the game out in various regions, starting yesterday morning with North America, Japan, and...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 27, 2019. 17 comments

Longtime Twitch Streamer Is Thrilled To Be Teamfight Tactics' Best Player

Longtime Twitch Streamer Is Thrilled To Be Teamfight Tactics' Best Player

Rumay “Hafu” Wang’s record is nothing to sneeze at. She’s won multiple major World of Warcraft tournaments, and she’s dominated Hearthstone’s rankings month after month. Still, she feels as though people don’t hold her accomplishments in the same regard as those of some of her male peers. That’s why she was thrilled to close out the Teamfight Tactics beta in first place.

Teamfight Tactics is...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 20, 2019. 9 comments

League Of Legends' Version Of Auto Chess Has Taken Over Twitch

League Of Legends' Version Of Auto Chess Has Taken Over Twitch

We have a habit, in the gaming industry, of declaring things “The Year Of ___.” 2013 was The Year Of Luigi . 2014 was The Year Of Luigi’s Death Stare . 2019 is The Year Of Gooigi . However, if Gooigi had not transformed into an unassailable, medium-defining phenomenon, we might also be tempted to call this The Year Of Auto Chess.

Auto Chess is a mode in which players spend gold to recruit...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jun 13, 2019. 16 comments

The State Of California Is Investigating Riot Games For Gender Discrimination [Update: Riot Responds]

The State Of California Is Investigating Riot Games For Gender Discrimination [Update: Riot Responds]

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing said today that it is filing an investigation enforcement suit against League of Legends publisher Riot Games, as part of an investigation into gender discrimination at the company.

The DFEH is asking the courts to compel Riot to provide employees’ pay information for “an ongoing investigation into alleged gender discrimination,”...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 28, 2019. 13 comments

K/DA Kinda, The "World's Most Tryhard Cosplay Music Video"

K/DA Kinda, The "World's Most Tryhard Cosplay Music Video"

We’ve seen K/DA cosplay , we’ve seen K/DA cosplay videos , now for something on a whole other level.

This is K/DA KinDA, a project put together by CineCosu Studios that features over 30 cosplayers, Riot North America’s LCS Arena and CGI effects. It is the result of thousands of dollars, and a lot of work. In many ways, and very intentionally, it is too much work:

(You’ll find a full list of...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 24, 2019. 22 comments

Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble

Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble

The mainstream narrative of esports has been lovingly crafted by those who benefit from its success. There’s big money in esports, they say. You’ve heard the stories. Teenaged gamers flown overseas to sunny mansions with live-in chefs . The erection of $50 million arenas for Enders Game-esque sci-fi battles. League of Legends pros pulling down seven-figure salaries. Yet there’s a reason why...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 22, 2019. 8 comments

Riot Games To Make Mobile Version of League Of Legends With Tencent

Riot Games To Make Mobile Version of League Of Legends With Tencent

Riot Games is developing a mobile version of League of Legends alongside Chinese tech company Tencent, Reuters said today in a report confirmed by Kotaku.

A source with knowledge of the upcoming mobile game told Kotaku that it “plays differently” from League of Legends, although it retains the hit MOBA’s general appearance. “The game is not a 1-to-1 port,” the source said, adding that it has...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 17, 2019. 12 comments

As Deadline Passes, Riot Games Doesn’t Budge On Key Walkout Issue

As Deadline Passes, Riot Games Doesn’t Budge On Key Walkout Issue

Despite a walkout of hundreds of its employees last week, League of Legends publisher Riot Games said last night that they will not change their stance on forced arbitration. Protesting employees had given the company until yesterday to make a change, threatening to escalate their efforts if it did not.

“We know not everyone agrees with this decision, but we also know everyone does want Riot...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach May 16, 2019. 19 comments

Riot Games Tells Rick Fox’s Esports Organization To Remove Investor Accused Of Bigotry [Update]

Riot Games Tells Rick Fox’s Esports Organization To Remove Investor Accused Of Bigotry [Update]

League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) commissioner Chris Greeley said in a statement today that if esports organization Echo Fox doesn’t remove an investor accused of making threats and using hate speech within 60 days, Riot Games would take action that could “adversely impact the future of Echo Fox in the LCS.”

“The LCS has concluded its preliminary investigation into the alleged...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach May 15, 2019. 6 comments

Riot Removes New League of Legends Animation That May Trigger Epileptic Seizures

Riot Removes New League of Legends Animation That May Trigger Epileptic Seizures

Yesterday, a League of Legends player posted on the game’s forums to complain that a new animation was causing problems for those suffering from epilepsy. One of the game’s designers then apologized, noting that they didn’t have “time or bandwidth” to implement a toggle so that players could turn it off. Now, Riot Games says the animation will be removed.

“We take photosensitive epilepsy...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra May 07, 2019. 19 comments

I’m Finally Playing A MOBA

I’m Finally Playing A MOBA
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

When you care for someone, I think one of the most important things you can do is move out of your comfort zone and participate in their hobbies and interests. My girlfriend is an avid Heroes of the Storm player, often squirreling away time with friends to play matches and participate in aod-hoc tournaments. I...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 07, 2019. 21 comments

Over 150 Riot Employees Walk Out To Protest Forced Arbitration And Sexist Culture [Updated]

Over 150 Riot Employees Walk Out To Protest Forced Arbitration And Sexist Culture [Updated]

Over 150 discontented Riot Games employees walked out of the League of Legends publisher’s offices in Los Angeles today to protest the company’s stance on forced arbitration. Standing in a parking lot on Riot’s campus, employees held picket signs and gave impassioned speeches.

“We’re asking that forced arbitration be ended for all past, current, and future Riot employees, including contractors...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 06, 2019. 20 comments

Riot Employees Prepare For Walkout Today

Riot Employees Prepare For Walkout Today

Los Angeles-based Riot Games employees are preparing for a walkout this afternoon in protest of the company’s stance on forced arbitration in what appears to be the first walkout at a major gaming studio. Kotaku will be reporting live from the protest as it develops.

“I’m walking out as a symbolic action to signal to leadership that I care about this issue,” said one current employee. “I hope...

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