League of Legends Season One Opens Today, Will Conclude With $100,000 Finals Tournament

Los Angeles, CA -- Wednesday, 14th July 2010 -- Riot Games, the developer and publisher of the acclaimed PC game League of Legends , is proud to announce the largest content update and the first major competitive season for the highly-acclaimed online game League of Legends: Season One, is now live. Players that log in today will find many new game features including Draft Mode, Ranked Games, Ladders, a new user interface and a brand new Champion, Xin Zhao, Seneschal of Demacia.

But as if all the new content and a whole new level of competitive play wasn’t enough to get League of Legends fans excited about Season One, Riot Games has announced they will be putting up a $100,000 prize purse for the Season One finals tournament which will mark the end of the season. Timing of this tournament will be announced later this year.

“We are very excited to be offering up $100,000 in cash prizes for the Season One finals, not only because it’s one of the biggest cash purses for a PC video game tournament, but it reflects our growth over the last year thanks to the support we’ve received from sponsors, partners and our loyal Community,” said Marc Merrill, co-founder and president of Riot Games.“Season One is just one of many major content updates and competitive seasons that our fans can expect. As we maintain growth and the game continues to evolve, we will continue to support our fans by providing the best gaming experience possible.”

To celebrate the launch of League of Legends: Season One, Riot Games also released a brand new trailer for the award-winning game.

League of Legends is now available for Windows PC and will soon be available for Mac OS. 

For more information on League of Legends and for official Season One tournament rules, please visit   http://www.leagueoflegends.com/season_one.

About Riot Games, Ltd.

Riot Games is a direct-to-consumer video game developer and publisher of premium, competitive online games. Riot Games Inc. based in Los Angeles and Riot Games Ltd. based in Dublin, are funded through venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and Firstmark Capital and China’s largest online services corporation, Tencent. The company was established in 2006 and has quickly become a leading global developer and publisher of premium free-to-play online video games for hardcore gamers, launching their debut title, League of Legends, in October 2009. For more information, please visit www.riotgames.com and eu.leagueoflegends.com .

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