From December, 2016

“Mechanics-Borne Games” and Their Continuously Extending Path to Taking Up Transmedia Properties

League of Legends, similar to other mechanics-borne games, is a competitive, team based, multiplayer-online battle arena (MOBA) that features a large cast of characters equipped with powerful move sets designed to clash head-to-head in an arena style game area, or “map.” The game’s creators originally created the game out of the idea to perfect the popular Warcraft mod, Dota. In the words of one of Riot’s engineers, Tyler Wright, “[League of Legends] founders were avid Dota players (the original Warcraft III mod) and recognized that the passion of ‘core players’ extended beyond the game. They hoped to build a competitive…