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H2K founder reveals true cost of running League of Legends team

Published: 18/Sep/2019 21:51 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 0:39

by Alan Bernal


H2K Gaming founder Richard Wells revealed the operating costs it takes to field a professional League of Legends team, with staggering losses coming at a season’s end.

During the era of the EU LCS, H2K consistently produced highly successful or competitive LoL teams which made their absence from Riot’s franchised league and subsequent disbanding a shock to all fans.


In their parting message, the org said they preferred to “stand up and speak out” on the financial imbalances that Riot’s franchised league would present. And for League of Legends’ 10-year anniversary, Wells exposed “the truth of how much (LoL) teams are actually losing.”

Failing “to turn the esports landscape into a financially viable space for team owners,” Wells gave a rundown of conservative figures that he observed while operating his LoL squad.


Taking averages of “LEC incomes” which includes contributions from team sponsors, figuring in Riot sponsor’s effects, prize money (that presents an ideal scenario of a team winning both splits and Worlds), merch, and digital sales then subtracting the cost of actually fielding a whole org devoted to League of Legends would figure to a rough loss of -€1,485,232, or about -$1,637,973.

Rich Wells YouTubeA total of what a League of Legends team, from players to coaches, could cost.

Wells’ breakdown of the costs, to take one example, involved eye-opening margins such as the take-home an org roughly gets from a typical jersey.

Based on organizations using third-party vendors to make and distribute merch, “on a €60 jersey, a team is probably making no more than €12.”


Rich Wells YouTubeAfter all the dust settles, the average loss of what an LoL team can be.

The operating cost doesn’t figure in the reported fee of $10 million for orgs to be a part of Riot’s franchised ecosystem, nor does it take into account an org’s financial commitments to any other esports it might be a part of.

As a former executive for a popular org, Wells is fully aware of the pitfalls that buying into the LEC would have created. But he and his org believed that teams in the EU LCS “should not be expected to continue to subsidize a multi-billion dollar company.”

Wells said that Riot “correctly rejected” H2K’s application to be in the league. H2K “applied for the right to negotiate the contract” to include their stipulations, which would have asked a lot more from Riot’s part.


While he noted that there are obvious fluctuations in specific numbers based on the popularity or success of individual brands, the costs finally give fans a better picture on what it takes to run a franchised League of Legends team.


League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos


Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.


However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.


“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.


“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.


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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!