A few days ago, Tencent published a list of the top games of 2013. League of Legends placed first in the Hall of Honor, the award given to the overall most popular game. In second place was domestic MMORPG Fantasy Westward Journey (梦 幻西游). In order to earn a spot in the Hall of Honor, a game must have placed in the Ten Most Popular Online Games award twice in the past three years, which League of Legends did in both 2012 and 2011. It was also the only non-Asian game of the four other games it was up against in the Hall. The other contenders were DNF Online and the MMORPG Tian Long Ba Bu: Shen Bing Hai Yu.
Meanwhile, Riot Games has introduced an upcoming event in League of Legends known as the Lunar Revel, in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year (January 31st). As part of the event, Riot is releasing three new Asian-inspired skins: Lunar Goddess Diana, Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere, and Dragonblade Riven. They’ll be joining the other nine Lunar Revel skins from past years, including Warring Kingdoms Jarvan IV, Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao, and Dragonblade Talon. Unfortunately, Riot originally had a theme where some of the skins reflected the Chinese zodiac animal of the according year (dragon themes for 2012, and a Cassiopeia skin in 2013 for the year of the snake); this theme might be absent this year, as none of the released skins seem horse related. They still have time to surprise us with a Hecarim skin, though.
Read more to see the other awards Tencent gave out.
Best Competitive Online Game: StarCraft 2
Best Online Role-playing Game: Asura Online (published by Tencent)
Best Mobile Role-playing Game: The Condor Heroes (神雕侠侣)
Best Mobile Card Game: I am MT
Best Casual Mobile Game: Rhythm Masters
Best Web Development Company: Mokylin
Best Mobile Game Development Company: Guangzhou Yinhan
Best Mobile Game Company: Feiliu Mobile, aka FL Mobile
Outstanding E-Sports Player: Yu “Misaya” Jingxi of Team WE (League of Legends)
Outstanding Gaming Team: Team OMG (League of Legends)
Year’s Best E-Sports Competition: WCG (World Cyber Games)
*My favorite Lunar Revel skin is 2013’s Panda Annie. Because I happen to really love bears.
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