Have you left League of Legends for Dota 2?
Now a good few years down the road, fans are still head over heels in love with League of Legends and why shouldn't they be? The game is constantly being improved and its tournaments are renowned throughout the world. If we look at some of the facts about this game they really are insane!
The Season 1 World Championships back in 2011 that were held in Sweden boasted over $100,000 in prizes and was watched and streamed by over 1.6 million people. In 2012 the Taiwanese professional team, Taipei Assassins claimed a whopping $1,000,000 in prize money following their defeat of the Korean team Azubu Frost.
The money continued to rise with the next championship where the team that came second even received $250,000, while the Korean champions claimed the 1 million dollar prize for first place. When one hears about Korea and its e-sports we normally hear of their obsession and mastery of Starcraft II. But League of Legends is actually the most popular e-sport in the country. With regards to America and e-sports, you get stuff like this:
On July 11, 2013, one of the publisher's managers Nick Allen announced that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services now recognizes League of Legends pro-players as professional athletes and the visa application process is now simplified for them. These changes allow professional players to stay in the United States for up to 5 years.
The game has been a colossal success! It looks incredibly beautiful, it's extremely well designed and it constantly draws new fans. But seeing as the game came out in 2009 and the recent release of Valve's exceptional Dota 2 was 2013, does that mean that players may leave one MOBA for another?
Dota, Dota 2 and their legacy
The answer? Not really. Dota has been a rival of League of Legends for years, with its own tournament called The International, where likewise the top prize consists of $1,000,000. Even though this game was created as a mod for the video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, it amounted a massive following and has been swapped around by various different, sometimes anonymous, developers.
But then our beloved Valve acquired the rights to Dota in 2009 and began development for their very own sequel, the wildly successful and brilliant Dota 2. But what effect did that have upon the tournaments? A number of them did begin to switch over to Dota 2 even in its beta stage and then upon its official release in 2013, but even by the end of its beta phase in 2011 it was one of the highest paid e-sports that year, second only to Starcraft II.
Since then it has taken over the original Dota and has now set unbelievable records in terms of MOBA history. In 2014 its total amount of prizes valued at The International reached a staggering $10.9 million. MOBAs are massive and a highly enjoyable experience for those of you that have never attempted to play one.
Would you have to leave one for the other?
In terms of abandoning one game for another, it seems to purely be down to a matter of taste (or the amount of money you think you can win if you want to go professional). The astounding thing is that these two games, Dota 2 and League of Legends, may be the same kind of game but are treated almost like different sports (I'm starting to sound like Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta).
Unless you appreciate better graphics or a different interface there is no real reason to abandon one for the other.
But now Blizzard is looking to enter the MOBA universe with their upcoming release of Heroes of the Storm! How will they do up against these enormous competitors? Well, knowing Blizzard, probably pretty damn well!
MOBAs have an enormous fan base and it really depends on which game you like more with regards to choosing one over the other. I can't see too many players abandoning League of Legends for Dota 2, but then I could be wrong.
Let me know if you play one of these games in the comments!