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League of Legends players furious after store error makes skin capsules effectively free

Published: 11/Jan/2019 10:25 Updated: 11/Jan/2019 10:29

by Joe O'Brien


Riot Games are facing heavy criticism from players after a pricing error allowed some to collect hundreds of dollars of cosmetic items for free.

A mistake on the League of Legends store briefly allowed players to buy Blood Moon Capsules containing skins and other loot for just a single Blue Essence.

Blue Essence (BE) is one of two primary currencies in League of Legends, the other being Riot Points (RP). Unlike RP, which must be purchased, Blue Essence is earned over time via various rewards for playing the game.

Blue Essence is most commonly used for unlocking new champions, meaning that all gameplay aspects of League of Legends can eventually be earned for free if players would rather invest time than money.

For cosmetic items like skins, however, players usually have to spend RP. Though there are technically means of unlocking cosmetics without spending real money, they’re a lot slower and less reliable – cosmetics are Riot’s primary income source on a “free-to-play” game, and the game is very much designed such that people who want to kit out their favorite champions in fancy skins will have to pay to do so.

u/the_next_corePlayers noticed that Blood Moon Capsules and Prestige Points were suddenly 1 Blue Essence each.

With the error on the store, however, players were suddenly able to purchase the Prestige Blood Moon Aatrox skin for Blue Essence, and both Prestige Points and Blood Moon Capsules for one Blue Essence each.

To put the Blue Essence cost into perspective, champions cost between 450 and 6300 BE. At any given time, the vast majority of players likely have hundreds if not thousands of Blue Essence available to spend – meaning that many could grab hundreds of capsules after noticing the pricing mistake.

Had the capsules been purchased for Riot Points, they would have cost 750 RP each, a real-world cost of a little over $5.

Riot Games Product Manager Adriaan Noordzij has announced that BE-purchased Prestige Points and Prestige Blood Moon Aatrox will be removed and refunded, but Riot aren’t planning on reverting purchases of the capsules.

Many fans, however, are furious to see Riot take this stance. Long-term players with an extensive skin collection may have invested hundreds, in some cases even thousands of dollars for the items they have.

After seeing others grab an enormous quantity of skins essentially for free, then, many are vowing never to spend money on RP again unless Riot revert the purchases.

This isn’t the first time Riot Games has come under fire over cosmetic items in the new year. The developer has already faced criticism over the design of the new Prestige skins and the implementation of Prestige points.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

Riot Games
FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.