Two of Riot Games’ titles are in our news room, so why not just bundle the two together? It should be easier for you fine readers, particularly those who are keen to follow updates to Legends of Runeterra and League of Legends.
First, Runeterra has released patch 1.6, which kicks off the Spirit Blossom Festival event. From now until August 19th, players can enjoy a new Lab mode that consists of pre-constructed decks and extra Nexus health, take on multi-part quests for exclusive event rewards, and take on two more Epic Quests on August 5th. The update has also made some balance adjustments and card changes, with all of the details outlined in the link provided.
As for LoL, the MOBA’s esports scene is getting a visual retooling as part of Riot’s 10 year-long plan to grow its esports ecosystem. This refinement will focus on keeping players up to date on the game’s 12 different pro leagues with a shiny new website and a weekly update video show.
According to an interview with Riot’s global head of esports communications David Higdon, Riot is also working to make sure LoL esports remains fiscally viable. This will be done via raking in major company sponsorships as well as maintaining its franchise model where teams have to pay for a chance to compete in major events.
Riot also says that they are looking to include more female competitors and a more diverse audience overall. “We need to attract more female gamers to play League of Legends. We need to have a more diverse audience within the US and some of the Western regions,” admits Higdon. “We need to kind of showcase the sport and have it be seen as something that everybody and anybody can enjoy.”