League of Legends, a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game (as it was so excellently described by John McMahon in his article on the genre) that is free to play, has offered a prize of $100,000 to the winner of their first official competitive season. Go ahead and hit play on the video below to see LoL’s season one cinematic CG trailer…it’s quite pretty (and Ryze totally carries).
The game itself offers dozens of champions to choose from, and once a team is assembled, players compete against each other in 5 vs. 5 or 3 vs. 3 matches. The champions vary in abilities and play-style, and it’s up to the individual to decide if they want to be a near-invincible tank or a wickedly powerful mage.
For those of you who are familiar with Defense of the Ancients or Heroes of Newerth, this particular game shouldn’t be that big of a change. But hey, who could resist a sweet 100 grand?
For more information on the game itself or the first season (which started today), head on over to League of Legends’ official website. While you’re at it, go ahead and register (remember, it’s free)! Be on the lookout for a cleaver-tossing Doctor Mundo…I’ll be waiting in the bushes.