Developer: Riot Games
Release Date: October 2009
Platforms: PC, Mac
Available Through: Standalone Launcher
Business Model: Free-to-play with microtransactions
Official Site: LeagueofLegends.com
Over 43 million viewers took in the grand spectacle that was the 2016 League of Legends World Championships, solidifying Riot’s MOBA masterpiece as the king of modern Esports. With its roots firmly planted in the Warcraft III mod “Defense of the Ancients”, League of Legends joins other MOBA titles such as DOTA 2 and Heroes of the Storm in a battle for the top spot in top-down MOBA action. With over 130 champions to choose from, players of all types can find a play style, and a role on a team, they prefer. League of Legends is, quite honestly, the Esports game every other Esports game wants to be.