No, The League of Legends Fighting Game Won’t Reward You With NFTs

Riot has denied rumours that Project L, the League of Legends fighting game, would let players “earn and battle” with NFTs.

As posted on Reddit, the rumour began circulating after a Discord user posted images that appeared to show a website for Project L, which included the text: “Project L is a platform fighting game that shows the champions of Runeterra in a new light. Earn and battle with NFTs as digital items while progressing through the seasonal reward tracks.” A Twitter account seemingly linked to the leak began teasing a reveal of the game for May 5, but the video attached to that announcement has been clipped from a different League of Legends spin-off, Legends of Runeterra.

After the rumour spread, Riot’s corporate communications director Joe Hixson moved to debunk the idea, saying, “the Project L ‘leaks’ going around are very, very fake.”

As Hixson points out, the hoax seems to have been achieved by manually editing the Riot website to add existing images of Project L and the fake text. As it stands, we know about as little about Project L as we did before, with an initial 2019 announcnement saying that it’s a fighting game set in the League of Legends universe, and was in the early stages of development.

NFTs (non-fungible tokens, a means of authenticating a unique digital file) have become a major, controversial topic in recent months, with a craze for buying them leading to digital artist Beeple selling a JPG for $69 million. However, there are concerns over the environmental impact of NFT upkeep, which has led to a backlash. Some games have begun adopting the approach already, such as Blankos Block Party, which recently announced an NFT marketplace within the game.

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