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League Of Legends Club at Bethany College

By: George Cothran

 

     If you have ever wanted to unleash your competitive side or show off your strategic skill in video games, you now have your chance to do so at Bethany College’s very own League of Legends club.

     For those of you who do not know, League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, which is slightly based off of real-time strategy games like World of Warcraft. The game is played with10 people, with five teams of two. The matches are generally played with the death match setting with the main objective of destroying the opposing team’s base. The game was released in 2009 and has since gained a worldwide audience.

     The question remains: “Why have a club based around a videogame?” Christopher White, who is the leagues president, founded the group a year ago. White is actually a part of a collegiate program made possible by Riot Games, the developers of League of Legends. The group receives assistance from both the college and the developers if needed.

     White says “What happened was that there were a bunch of us who played League of Legends all the time together, some people heard about the collegiate program, and I took it to the next step by bringing it to Bethany.” The program is used to help fellow League of Legends players get together and become good friends and teammates. One of the advantages of having a club like this is that students can take time off of school or work to meet up and play the game. While students are in college, their schedules can take up most of their time and the League of Legends club allows for students to play the game together at a reasonable time.

     If you know absolutely nothing about the game but want to join the club, fear not!  The group always welcomes newcomers and tries to make it as much of a friendly environment as possible, even if you do not play video games often. While playing the game, a more experienced player will be available to walk you through the basics.

     Some players in the club even play at a competitive level. White has mentioned that one of the challenges is a shortage of members since he is the only member left after so many have graduated or transferred. Another problem may be the balance of players since there is a significant skill gap between seasoned players and those who are still new to the game.

     If you wish to gain rewards for your high skill and dedication to the game, White has even talked about the possibility of having a reward system in the club. However, this reward system would be based on how good of a team player you are since the five best matched players work together in a ranked match. White says “If I don’t work well with that team, I won’t put myself in it. I will pick someone newer or less experienced on that team if he or she works better with them.”

     Playing video games competitively has become referred to as an “E-sport”. E-sports is becoming as big as watching a live sport. The game has been streamed live with millions of viewers worldwide. Robert Morris University has even offered 27 athletic scholarships for people to play the game recently. White believes that this could become bigger than football if it continues at the rate it is going.

 

 

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