MLG has announced that their popular GameBattles web site will be launching a League of Legends section today.
The move will allow teams to compete in matches against each other, ranking them on a ladder and perhaps bringing a little bit more organization to arranged play. Leaguepedia Admin Alex Penn is also being brought in to help manage tournaments and rankings, and prize announcements will be coming soon, as well.
Teams will also be able to register and be matched against other teams and be ranked on a ladder. They’ll also be able to create Leagues and Tournaments using the tool, which may provide some with the tools they need to expand ragtag groups into more organized forays.
The ladders included will be:
- 1v1 Proving Grounds
- 3v3 Twisted Treeline
3v3, 4v4 and5v5 Summoner’s Rift 3v3, 4v4 and5v5 Crystal Scar (Source from the forum FAQ)(clarified by Alex Penn)
You can sign up on MLG’s site here.
Like I said above, I think this might bring some organizational help to the people that need it, like administrators running one-a-week tournaments, or longer, more involved Leagues. Not everyone has the resources or time to spend on logistics, so MLG’s provided a resource for people to do so.
However, I’m always wary of services that have the potential to split the community; having GameBattles-only rankings, ladders and listings may make it more difficult for teams to find new competition, in the long run. People don’t like signing up for and maintaining another way of playing when they have a queue that does it all for them, and without feasible prizes and a potential for advancement, most teams may not bite for what MLG has to offer.
While there appears to be a demand for a tournament service for amateur teams, GameBattles will have to prove more effective than Riot’s internal matchmaking for teams to sign up for the long haul.