CSU League of Legends club hosting LAN on Saturday

Computers will be carried to campus and gamers will unite Saturday to play a popular free online game: League of Legends.

The CSU League of Legends chapter is hosting a Local Area Network (LAN) Saturday in the old cafeteria of Ingersoll Hall.

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A LAN is an event where players of LOL get together to play in a tournament to win prizes and game money.

According to James Rogers, president of CSU LOL, the club is a social organization that is primarily about other players of the game finding each other and having a community to play with, hosting events and talking about the game.

“Primarily our purpose is to run events like LANs where a bunch of people with computers come to one spot playing games together and getting a chance to meet each other face to face, something only that can accomplish,” Rogers said.

The LAN on Saturday will be different compared to the other two LANs that the group has put on. It will consist of two tournaments happening at parallel. Overall there will be 18 teams, but six teams of five for each tournament.

“We’re mostly limited by electricity and not space. We usually have, like, 75 desktops, but we can usually let people in up to 115,” Rogers said. “We haven’t gone close to that limit but we will now.”

The tournament prizing is provided by the company that runs the game, Riot. For each tournament, CSU LOL will get $250 in game content –– a currency that people will spend on whatever they want in the game.

“Since it is a free game, they don’t sell power like other games do. All the stuff you can buy in game is saving you time or for cosmetic purposes like skins for their favorite characters,” Rogers said.

Rogers first got into LOL three years ago. One of his friends introduced him to the game in a small LAN, which included a bunch of friends hanging out on their computers playing the game simultaneously.

“I was really bad and it was frustrating but really fun,” Rogers said. “I think that’s the same experience everyone shares. There’s something about the game that you want to get better. It’s so diverse and there’s always things to discover.”

Rogers began CSU LOL five months ago after he met a member of Riot.

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“I went to … Seattle and met one of the Rioters there. He gave some stuff to start out and then I did,” Rogers said.

At first the club had around 50 members, but in the past week, with advertising including fliers, Facebook and a booth on the plaza, the membership has risen to around 250 members.

“That’s not stressful,” Rogers said sarcastically, but with a smile.

Quinton Thai, vice president of the club, has been playing video games all his life, but the purpose of him joining this club was to “get people united and to expose the game itself.”

“We’re a very, very new club, and to grow by 250 members is really exciting. This will be the biggest LAN we’ve had so far,” Thai said.

According to Thai, LANs provide a face to face place to connect with other players.

“LANs show that it is cool and fun to be nerdy. It’s not just nerds who are socially isolated,” Thai said.

Nate Prewitt, a senior computer sciences major, decided that since he’s graduating he can let the cat out of the bag about his gaming habits.

“I spent about five years playing World of Warcraft, they’ve got similar dynamics but with LOL it’s a very campaigned game you can hop in for an hour and then you’re done and you have matches each time you play. It’s not a continuous game like WOW,” Prewitt said. “LOL has a very repetitive style , you’re doing the same thing every time it’s kind of like chess.”

According to Prewitt, the main “pro” of LOL is that it’s free and you can just hop in and go.

“It’s just a compelling game play style that people congregate there,” Prewitt said. “There’s also a huge skill gap and there’s a lot of highly competitive people. They can have cash incentive; a ton of people play it with money in mind.”

One of Prewitt’s friends ranked in the top 1 percent of the game last season and is No. 3 or 4 in line to get paid for playing LOL.

According to Prewitt, while video games may just be a pastime, they also have a deeper purpose.

“It’s just kind of a time killer that’s fun that lets you hang out with your friends when you don’t have anything else to do. But videogames in general keep you sharper, mentally.”