When was League of Legends released?

League of Legends, one of the most well-known and historic games of the 21st century, was released on Oct. 27, 2009. Based on a modded map for Warcft III called Defense of the Ancients, League was one of the first standalone titles of the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre. League helped pave the way for other games in the genre such as Smite, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm

League was originally released with a roster of 40 playable champions. Today, 12 years into the game’s lifespan, there are 159 champions to choose from, with anywhere between four and five new champions being released each year, on avege.