For the tenth anniversary of its Chinese server, League of Legends dresses the Hangzhou metro in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Metro cars, for example, were laid out to look like different MDR Regions.
As League of Legends (via Twitter user lolweibo) announced by his official Weibo account, ten Hangzhou metro stations were renovated, each marking one year of the anniversary. The account thanked players for the past decade.
The makeover is not just a few posters here and there, but a real effort. Just check out the metro cars.
In 2008, Riot Games spear with an initial capital of $ 7 million. Tencent helped the company launch League of Legends in China, and in 2011, the West Los Angeles company was a subsidiary of the Chinese multinational technology conglomerate.
Over the past ten years, League of Legends has become very popular in China and abroad, with the game becoming a dominant force in esports. The 2019 League of Legends World Championship has become the the most popular esport event in the world, attracting more than 100 million viewers and peaking at 44 million simultaneous viewers.
That same year, Riot banned League of Legends actors and commentators to express themselves on politics and human rights.
“We serve fans from many different countries and cultures, and we believe that with this opportunity comes the responsibility to separate personal opinions on sensitive issues (political, religious and otherwise),” the official wrote at the time. Riot Esports World, John Needham. “These topics are often incredibly nuanced, require in-depth understanding and a willingness to listen, and cannot be fairly represented in the forum provided by our show. Therefore, we reminded our casters and professional players to refrain from discussing these topics on air.
With the impact of the made-in-China game and the way it has taken hold in the country, there is no doubt that the Hangzhou Metro is better preparing for another big anniversary in ten years.
Children in China, however, maybe not able to play so much MDR as they would like.