League of Legends owes a lot to the fact that it’s a free game. You might argue that people would have still played the game back when it was first released – regardless of whether or not it cost money. We don’t agree with this though, and here’s why;
Back when LoL first launched, me and most of my online friends were college kids, and we definitely weren’t rich. We had spent years playing games like World of Warcraft, and Runescape. We were invested, some might say addicted.
If a new game wanted to rope us in, then it had to do so straight away. It had to wow us over and over, or we’d get bored and go back to WoW.
And let’s be honest, League of Legends wasn’t that great when it first came out. The graphics were garbage, and the gameplay wasn’t amazing either. What set it apart from games like Heroes of Newerth, was the fact that it was free.
You could compare this to “Night of the Living Dead.” This movie is what gave rise to modern zombies as we know them. However, due to some copyright issues, Night of the Living Dead entered the public domain right after release.
This meant that anyone could watch the movie for free, and people flocked to see it – even those who weren’t fans of horror films. Once again, it was proven that word of mouth is the best form of advertising. The movie is now seen as a masterpiece, and the writer actually went on to make a couple more movies that were incredibly successful – and this time, he did get paid for them, we’re talking millions.
What does this have to do with League of Legends? Back when LoL was released, free games were a rarity – sure there was a couple of MMO’s that offered you an hour or two of free content. If you wanted to leave the starting area though, you had to get through a paywall.
Other free games were out there, but they are older than we are. The only real alternative was Miniclip, and that site wasn’t known for its multiplayer games.
People thought the idea of League of Legends was a radical one, and many thought it would fail within a year. Fast forward a decade, and here we are – LoL is one of the biggest games in the world, and the market is flooded with free to play titles.
Is League of Legends truly free though? After all, Riot seems to be rolling in money. In order to start unpacking this complicated question, we need to start with an essential part of LoL
How much do League of Legends Champions Cost?
Speaking from personal experience, we’ve never purchased a Champion. That being said, we know plenty of people who have. It seems silly right, why pay for something you can get for free?
It all comes down to pressure and impatience. People enjoy feeling powerful and appreciated, and the fastest way to those feelings is through your wallet. You see, if you’re a newbie at League, then the odds are really stacked against you;
First off, you’ll likely have friends who already play the game, and you’ll probably want to impress them. That’s all well and good, except for the fact that when you first start out, you have about five Champions. Sure, Champion capsules makes things a bit easier, but it’s still a challenge.
You could stick to plain old free rotation Champions of course, but they’ll get snatched away just as you’re getting used to them. The quickest way to get the Champions that you’ll enjoy is to buy them. After all, they’re so cheap, right?
It certainly seems like it at first glance – and that first glance is what Riot’s banking on, it’s how they make their money. Let’s break down the cost of a couple of LoL Champions.
The Cost of LoL VS The Minimum Wage
Riot have their own in-game currency, which is a crafty way of getting you to spend more. You will rarely be able to purchase just a single Champion, as you would if skins were sold in Dollars. Instead, you have to pay more than the cost of the skin;
Take Yasuo for example. If you want to pick him up, you’ll need 1380 RP, which will set you back 10 dollars. That’s just under three dollars above the minimum wage. This leaves you with enough RP to pick up one of the 260 RP cost Champions.
In a game that has well over 100 Champions to choose from, only 14 Champions cost 260 RP. Let’s look at some of the Champions that you can pick up with your spare RP.
- Master Yi
If you think all these Champions seem ridiculously simple, then you would be right. And the truth is, you might enjoy playing some of them. However, new players usually become fascinated by Champions like Gnar, Ekko, or Pyke. All these Champions are flashy, interesting, and, sadly, they all cost 975 RP.
Some might claim that you can just play the game and get Champions that way, and that’s true! The thing is, you’re going to have to play a lot of games if you want to have the Champions you enjoy.
What Is The Time Cost of Playing LoL?
We’ll be brutally honest here; One of the worst parts about levelling a smurf is down to the Champions.
Anyone who’s ever levelled a smurf likely knows this feeling. You’re excited to start your journey, can’t wait to hit level 30 and get right into ranked. But then, you realize how many games you’re going to suffer through. It becomes a grind, and if you wanted a grind, you would have stuck to World of Warcraft – don’t hate us if you’re a WoW fan, you know it can be tough at times.
But let’s say you wanted to unlock every Champion in the game. Currently, the cost to buy every Champion is over 495,000 IP. This means that assuming you play three games a day AND get your win of the day bonus, it would take you over three years to get every Champion in the game.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll agree that that’s far too much time to spend getting a large selection of Champions. What’s the solution though? You need to play, after all.
We recommend taking a look at our wide range of League of Legends accounts. Not only will they save you plenty of time, but you may also gain access to some incredibly rare skins!