League of Legends is currently one of the most popular online games available. If you want to know the reasons behind its success dig in and read more.
Both LoL and WoW have similar, cartoony, colourful graphics, and let’s face it; the champions don’t have many details in-game. Even on max graphic settings both games don’t look particularly good. But the resemblance is going far further: A lot of champions are shamelessly copied from certain WoW specs/classes (nothing wrong about that WoW is taking everything good from other games as well), and the masteries and runes seems strangely similar to gems/talents, so any WoW player who is starting to play LoL will quickly find a lot of familiarities he or she can relate to.
Generally MOBA games are easy when you contrast them with FPS, RTS or MMO arenas. While having the most resemblance to last genre, as you have to proper position yourself in teamfight, there is a lot less abilities your hero posses. So the only thing to be worried about is last hitting and map awareness. Riot goes even further to make LoL even more casual, when compared to other titles within the MOBA Genre: Creep denying and gold loss upon death were cut out from the game to make it more forgiving and noob friendly.
The variety of 90 champions and 3 maps easily prevents casual person from getting bored over the game. When you get bored with one hero, you simply buy and play another one to experience his or her abilities and play style. Moreover a lot of champions can be and should be built in different ways, depending on the composition of your team and the enemies team composition. If you add to this to the choice of 3 maps, which you should play and build your hero in alternative manner, the game itself could be hardly called dull or lacking of content.
The League of Legends Season Two prize pool is 5 million dollars! That amount of money surely does convince the ‘wannabe pro-gamer’ kind of people to invest they time in getting better at League of Legends. As you play League of Legends you quickly discover the game is hardly playable as solo player, so you will drag your friends into it in order to make arranged team, which can greatly improving your chances of winning and competing for grand prizes.
I think this is the most compelling factor for majority of people. Free to download and free to play in one package. On top of that you can obtain every power and champion in game without spending a single penny. However if you suffer from Pokemon Syndrome (gotta catch ‘em all) you might want to say goodbye to any social life or get ready for paying for champions from your pocket, because every new champion cost 6300 ip (which is about 85 games played, each taking 40 minutes on average) or 975 rp (about 5 pounds).
Also you can watch what Blitzcrank, your favourite League of Legends robot have to say about those reasons: