Why League of Legends Uses Reddit More Than The Forums

by Matt Best

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If you're a League of Legends fan and you're looking for the latest information about your favorite game, you usually go to WWG.com (Leave the shameless plug alone). If you don't, it's perfectly acceptable to admit you go to Reddit for the latest news and notes about League.

In case you didn't know, League of Legends also has a community forum that people post on there. Personally, the forum looks like a complaint board where people go for tech support or to complain about the latest broken champion. You'll find a lot of news on Reddit.

So, shouldn't the usage of Reddit be seen as competition for League of Legends? According to Ostrichbeernana, Player Relations and ADillonMostDaddy, NA Editorial, it's quite the opposite.

"Given the huge number of League communities out there, our thinking is that Rioters should be free to interact with players wherever they choose to congregate, and wherever the Rioter is most comfortable doing so. The subreddit is a huge community nexus with a couple unique advantages (multi-regional community, high visibility, etc.), and obviously has to be a part of our overall goal of reaching out to you whatever your chosen community."

Does that mean they can just leave the forums and the subreddit alone? Not a chance. "There are absolutely things we can do better on both the Boards AND the subreddit, but we try to address those needs on a channel-by-channel basis rather than with a give-and-take approach."

Your demographic also matters. In North America, the subreddit is dominant because that's just what players are used to. If you look at non-English regions, Riot says, "The boards are far and away the leading space in which Rioters talk with players."

While Reddit has proved to be a gold mine, it can also provide you with incorrect information. Remember, people are free to post whatever they want there and sometimes the average reader won't be able to recognize if the story is legitimate or not. On the Boards, you can follow along with the Red Tracker which shows you all the recent posts from Riot members.

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By Matt Best

Matt Best is the Lead On Air Host and Producer for WWG. He has spent his professional career submerged in both the traditional sports world as well as esports. As one of the only Canadians at WWG, if you want to tilt Matt, just bring up awful Canadian stereotypes.