LOL: Why is Riot launching more female champions? The answer is simple but very reasonable

Today there are exactly 159 playable champions in League of Legends, not counting the additions of characters in TFT. The list is getting bigger, but that is just the logical result of Riot Games politics in its Moba. There are patches every 15 days to balance the game and new arrivals are added to the list. Waiting for Bel’veth , the last members who have joined the roster to date have been Renata Glasc, Zeri and Vex.

Speaking of these 4 champions, do you notice a small trend? They are all female characters , whether humanoid or not. And if some will see it as a coincidence, we had the confirmation that Riot Games had not done this innocently. Developers have put women in the center of attention in recent releases and should continue in this direction in the future.

The man/woman proportion in the last characters

*We have Bel’veth in our calculations, even if the character cannot yet be played officially.

We cannot really talk about a model or mathematical rule, but it is true that at first glance we can observe a trend. If we look at the last champions released, Riot Games seems to have really decided to bet on women’s champions (80%). In the past, the trend was much less marked.

Ryan Reav3 Mireles, main producer of champions in Riot Games, talked about this in Reddit, explaining that this trend was not a coincidence or some chance. The production teams realized a few years ago that there were many more male champions (proportion of around 60/40). The objective was to approach a balanced 50/50 relationship in the future. For this reason, we should see some more short-term champions to compensate for the accumulated delay since the launch of the game.

League of Legends can be a game taken from an imaginary world, it is interesting to see that the community is usually attentive to the representativeness of the characters. We have talked about the genre here, but regularly we receive requests for Riot to publish characters from different ethnicities, as well as characters from the community LGBTQ+ or characters older .

Gender equality is still far from the law on the competitive stage

Riot Games aims to offer as many female champions as male champions. It is not the first time that this video game giant makes gestures to match genres in the industry. On the other hand, if we look at the competitive field, we are still very far from having equity within the professional workforce. In Valorant we can talk about the Games Changers , an exclusively female circuit that has been praised throughout the world. In League of Legends, women’s circuits and teams lack exposure and, often, are mocked.

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In the big leagues that are officially mixed, there is no no professional player (LCS, LEC, LCK, LPL…). This year we were entitled to the first player who played in a large ERL in Europe ( Caltys ), but her adventure did not end as expected.

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