Paris, — 30th October 2009 — GOA, the online gaming department of Orange’s Content Division has launched the League of Legends "Pre-Season" for the highly anticipated multiplayer online battle arena game for Windows PC. League of Legends is rated "12 + " and now available for free via download at www.lol-europe.com/telechargement.php. A Collector’s Pack is also available for 29.99 € (£24,99) via download and at retail outlets nationwide through GOA’s retail campaign partner. Please check www.lol-europe.com for more information.
League of Legends will operate in seasons to help facilitate the best in competitive gaming and communities. The League of Legends “Pre-Season” will allow time for players to learn the game, build teams, as well as develop advanced strategies and tactics, when Season One begins in the first half of 2010. Players can also look forward to the addition of clans, teams, tournaments, ladders, draft mode, as well as additional content such as new Champions and maps, between now and the start of Season One.
The League of Legends Collector’s Pack, available at all major retail outlets for 29.99€ (£24,99), includes an exclusive champion skin and an experience boost allowing customers to level quickly during the Launch Celebration.
Indeed, in celebration of the launch of the game, all 40 champions have been unlocked for immediate play for a short limited time. After the Launch Celebration ends, the in-game store will go live and owners of the Collector's Pack will have access to additional exclusive items packaged in the boxes: 20 Champions, a selection of Runes and 10€ worth of Combat Points.
All players will be able to unlock exclusive items and content through the in-game store by using Influence points earned by playing during the Launch Celebration and after, or by purchasing Combat Points.
League of Legends, which was nominated for the Game Critics Awards Best Strategy Game of E3, combines elements of role-playing and strategy genres with addictive battle action. The game brings accessible, replayable and competitive gameplay into a stylized universe that deepens with the player’s commitment. Built by a veteran development team and the original creators of DotA Allstars, one of the world’s most popular player-made mods, League of Legends is a unique and genre bending experience. The game will be operated as a live service that will be frequently updated with new features, champions, maps and additional content as suggested by the community.
A player in League of Legends takes on the role of a Summoner – a gifted spell caster who has the power to bring forth a champion to fight as his or her avatar in Valoran’s Fields of Justice. As the Summoner controls the champion in combat, it also influences the outcome of the match through the use of spells, masteries and runes. Once a match is over, the Summoner gains Influence Points and Combat Points that can be used to assist their champions in future battles. Influence Points will be earned by simply playing the game, while Combat Points will be available for purchase with real money.
League of Legends offers endless permutations of builds, strategies and combinations that make the game extremely competitive and interesting for those focused on competitive play.
To play now on League of Legends, please visit www.lol-europe.com .
GOA is the online gaming department of Orange’s Content Division, and benefits from ten years’ experience in the management of massively multiplayer online role-playing games.
Forerunner of this activity in Europe, its teams combine expertise with a passion for games and take advantage of France Telecom’s technical platform to offer the best of online games to European players. GOA and the GOA logo are trademarks of France Telecom.
About Riot Games, Inc.
Riot Games, Inc. (www.riotgames.com) is an independent Los Angeles-based video game development company, funded privately and through leading venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and Firstmark Capital and Chinese online services corporation, Tencent. The studio was established in 2006 to develop innovative online next-generation titles for consoles and the PC. Comprised of industry veterans with a shared passion for creating fun, innovative gameplay, the company has just released its first title, combining the best elements of the action role-playing and real-time strategy genres into a uniquely repayable and competitive multiplayer experience.