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Netflix’s Arcane Marks a New, Harmonious Era for League of Legends

For the past few years, Riot Games has been hard-resetting the lore for League of Legends; completely throwing out the old scattered texts and replacing them with surprisingly captivating narratives. It was a brazen decision to make, but it’s already paid off tenfold with fresh and well written character introductions,…

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Riot Patches Out All-Chat From Some League of Legends Matches

It’s no secret that online harassment during competitive games is a fairly pervasive issue. Sometimes people log into a game with every intent and hope of getting better and having fun and find themselves abused out of wanting to ever play again by a rival team. Sometimes there’s no good…

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Everything You Need to Know About League of Legends’ Preseason 2022

As days and cycles blend together, it may feel like the passage of time has lost all meaning. But worry not, League of Legends pushes on into the future with Preseason 2022, a decent sized, lower key update that signals a more concentrated and polished era of Summoner’s Rift. The…

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League of Legends’ Gwen Slices the Competition in Style

My brain still hasn’t registered that a new League of Legends character drops once every other month. That time has come again, however, and Gwen the Hallowed Seamstress is cutting it up on Summoner’s Rift. Gwen is a fighter that hails from the Shadow Isles: a fallen kingdom of despair…

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League of Legends RPG Ruined King Makes Me Wish for an Overwatch Equivalent

On Oct. 31, Riot Forge and Airship Syndicate announced that the League of Legends RPG spin-off, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, will launch in early 2021. The single-player turn-based RPG, which was originally announced in 2019, is set to take place in the regions of Runeterra, Bilgewater, and…

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The Branding Behind Seraphine, the New League of Legends Champion, Is Gross

The new champion on her way to League of Legends, a songstress named Seraphine, is already a well-known virtual influencer. And, like many influencers, she’s been embroiled in some controversy earlier this week — for Riot’s marketing strategy with her seems focused on capitalizing on parasocial relationships. That’s nothing new…

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Fanbyte Evening News March 13, 2020

Here’s your audio roundup for this evening’s news! Direct link here or use the embed below. You can find our Morning, Evening, and Sunday edition short podcasts on the Fanbyte FM feed of your favorite podcatcher.

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Even Esports Is Affected by the Coronavirus in China

Unless you’ve been actively avoiding any human contact whatsoever, which you probably will after hearing this, you’ve likely heard about the newest “coronavirus” mutation. The new coronavirus has put the whole world into panic, and with origins in China, the nation has taken precautions. Many events in China are postponed…

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Riot Discrimination Settlement Sucks Actually, Says CA State Agencies

Last month, Riot and the lawyers representing the plaintiffs of a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit agreed to settle for $10 million, then said to be the largest gender discrimination payout in California history. The only step remaining in the process was for California’s Supreme Court to approve the settlement agreement,…

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Legends of Runeterra, the LoL Card Game, Enters Open Beta Jan. 24

Riot’s forthcoming League of Legends collectible card game, Legends of Runeterra, will open its digital doors to the general public on Friday, January 24, when it officially enters open beta on PC. While this won’t be the full-on launch of the game, it is the first time that Riot has…

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LoL Pro Player Association Does Fifth Notable Thing Ever In 18 Months

In the midst of its many controversies, Riot Games has slowly stirred the “we need labor organization” pot. Thankfully, in the company’s realm of esports, it did provide an outlet for players to express their concerns. However, it may not surprise you that this Riot-sanctioned organization, known as the North…

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You Can Now Gamble On The League Of Legends Worlds Finals In New Jersey

If you’re an esports fan in the tri-state area and are looking for a place to risk your cash, drop into New Jersey before Sunday morning for a rare opportunity to gamble on esports. New Jersey has officially given sportsbook operators a one-time permission to take bets on this Sunday’s…

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League Of Legends Peeks Stylish Louis Vuitton And Music Group Collabs

With another Worlds Championship, the premier international championship for League of Legends, comes a bundle of surprises. And this year, for the 10th anniversary of the game, developer and publisher Riot Games is stepping up their… well, game. Which means new skins! They’ve already released their “anthem,” an annual empowerment…

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Late Lunch October 16, 2019: Fishing Through the Battle Pass

Riot has announced every game. There’s fishing in Fortnite. Meowth is large and long. It’s mass hysteria around here at Fanbyte. Late Lunch is Fanbyte’s live video podcast that airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5pm PST (ish) on twitch.tv/fanbyte. We’ll put the VODs up on the site and the…

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Oh Right, and a Cartoon: Riot Unveils League Animated Series ‘Arcane’

To close out its 10th anniversary celebration stream, Riot tonight debuted the below trailer for Arcane, an upcoming animated series set in the League of Legends universe. Very little is known about the show as of yet, aside from what’s obvious from the trailer of course, which is that the…

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Riot Teases LoL Fighting Game, Dungeon Crawler, and new Shooter IP

As if it weren’t enough to announce mobile versions of Teamfight Tactics and League of Legends (sorta), plus a whole-ass new collectible card game, Riot also used tonight’s League 10th anniversary proceedings to mention that oh, by the way, as an aside, just for your fyi, it’s also making a…

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Riot Announces League of Legends: Wild Rift for Consoles and Mobile

As part of tonight’s bombastic League of Legends 10th Anniversary stream, Riot announced a new version of LoL specifically tailored for mobile platforms and consoles, dubbed League of Legends: Wild Rift. The mobile version of the game is due out sometime in 2020, with “rolling alphas and betas through the…

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Legends of Runeterra Is a New Card Game from Riot

During tonight’s big 10-year League of Legends anniversary stream, Riot unveiled a new free-to-play collectible card game for PC and mobile set in the League universe, called Legends of Runeterra. Open beta is expected to begin on PC sometime in early 2020, but sign-ups are already open for a “preview…

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League Worlds Championship Anthems So Far, Ranked By A League Hater

Like many of my other personal pieces begin, I have to inform my readers about something: I really, really do not like League of Legends. I have been a not-fan since I tried it back in 2011, at which point I unlocked one of the few heroes I own on my account,…

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A League of Their Own: Women’s Esports in Southeast Asia

In a 2017 interview with ESPN, Korean Overwatch League star Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon described wanting to disguise her voice with a modulator so that male players would team up with her. This is just one example of the ongoing struggles faced by women in esports, in addition to far less…

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