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Opinion

The League of Legends EsportsWikis problem

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

Yesterday it was announced the contracts for the staff of the League of Legends EsportsWikis at GAMURS will not be renewed. This isn’t surprising at all as GAUMRS CEO Riad Chikhani revealed they had spent $270,000 running the site and only made $5,000 back over one year’s time. An article by Pete Volk on the Rift Herald made the case that Riot Games should step in and subsidize the venture as the fans aren’t there to do the wiki themselves.

This was a surprising notion to me as one of the most successful esports wikis is Liquipedia, which is all run by volunteers for games like CS:GO, Dota2, SC2, Brood War, Smash, Melee, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Rocket League and Hearthstone, and they have four alpha wikis. Besides CS:GO, I don’t think any other esport has a comparable fanbase to League of Legends, so why is it those fans are less engaged in contributing to the community in this way?

Fans could wait around and hope for Riot to pay them so they don’t have to do it, but they could also help improve existing wikis or make their own? That’s a serious question as I don’t know what keeps them back from doing it.

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