League of Legends (LoL), sometimes known as League, is a multiplayer online combat arena video game created and distributed by Riot Games in 2009. Riot's creators were inspired by Defense of the Ancients, a custom map for Warcraft III, and wanted to develop a standalone game in the same genre.
The game has been free-to-play since its introduction in October 2009, and it is monetized by buying character customization. The game is compatible with Microsoft Windows and macOS.
In the game, two teams of five players compete in player-versus-player warfare, with each side occupying and defending their half of the area. Each of the 10 players controls a different "champion" with other powers and play styles.
Champions gain power throughout a battle by accumulating experience points, earning gold, and purchasing goods to vanquish the enemy side. In Summoner's Rift, the game's primary mode, a team wins by pushing through to the opponent base and destroying their "Nexus," a massive building lying there.