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10 Multiplayer Online Battle Games like League of Legends

Anup Patwardhan
League of Legends is one of the most preferred Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Game (MOBA), with millions playing the game every day. There are many other online games like League of Legends that once can choose from. This story has an overview of the alternatives available.

Players across the globe spend around 1.3 billion hours playing League of Legends every month. That amounts to 54,166,667 days or about 148,303 years.
League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Game played on a large scale across the world. There are millions of users who play this game daily. There are championships too held in North America, Europe, China, and some other countries. In fact, this game is the most played game in North America and Europe.
League of Legends
Developed by - Riot Games
Published by  - Riot Games, Tencent Holdings Ltd., Garena
Platform  - Windows, Mac OS X
Release Date  - 27th October, 2009
In this game, a player selects and controls a 'champion' to fight against other champions, that may be player or non-player controlled. Each team has minions that are bot controlled. These minions spawn regularly. There are various modes in which the game can be played: Tutorial, Classic, Custom, Dominion, ARAM (All Random All Mid), One for all Mode, Showdown, etc.
To add options and variety to the MOBA scene, the following is a list of games similar to League of Legends. Take your pick.
Developed by - Hi-Rez Studios
Published by - Hi-Rez Studios, Tencent Holdings Ltd., Level Up! Games
Platform - Windows, X Box One
Release Date - 25th March, 2014

Smite is a combat game. Player get to choose their 'God' and match-up against another player controlled or non-player controlled 'God'.
This game is to be played between two teams, where each team can consist of 3-5 players. The minions spawn at the 'Phoenix', attack opposing teams' phoenix and minions. The goal of the game is to defeat and destroy the phoenix, its two defensive towers, and a giant warrior 'Titan'. There are 5 games modes: Practice, Co-op, Private, League, and Custom.
Heroes of Newerth (HoN)
Developed by - S2 Games
Published by - S2 Games
Platform - Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Release Date - 12th May, 2010

In this combat game, two teams are pitted against each other. The teams are 'The Legion' and 'The Hellbourne'. The goal in this game is to destroy the central structure, world tree, or sacrificial shrine.

Also, a player wins if he gets the opponent to surrender. The modes that are on offer to play this game are: Co-op, Player Hosted, Normal, and Casual.
Developed by - S2 Games
Published by - S2 Games
Platform - Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Release Date - TBA

This game has been developed by S2 Games, developers of Heroes of Newerth (HoN). This game has been made with a more casual pool of players in mind.
The goal here is to destroy the central structure of the opposite team. This game is currently available at Beta level.
Infinite Crisis
Developed by - Turbine
Published by - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platform - Windows
Release Date - TBA

This game is based on the DC comics and its multiverse. There are many superhero and villain characters to select for the battles. 
There are various universes that make up the DC multiverse here. Prime Earth, Arcane Earth, Atomic Earth, Gaslight Earth, Mecha Earth, and Nightmare Earth are the universes which can be found in this game.
Defense of the Ancients 2 (DotA2)
Developed by - Valve Corporation
Published by - Valve Corporation, Perfect World, Nexon Co. Ltd.
Platform - Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Release Date - 9th July, 2013 (Windows) and 18th July, 2013 (Mac OS X and Linux)

This game is played between two teams, made up of 5 players each. A player gets to control a 'Hero' character.

Both the teams have an area of stronghold, called the 'Ancient'. The bot characters in this game are known as 'creeps', and they also have the ability to spawn. The game modes provided in this game are seasonal event game modes.
Bloodline Championship
Developed by - Stunlock Studios
Published by - Funcom
Platform - Windows
Release Date - 13th January 2013

This game is devoid of any random game elements. The game modes that are available are: Arena, Capture the Artifact, and Conquest. This game is purely based on skills, which are focused on more due to the reduction in randomness.

The 4 bloodlines available in Bloodline Championship are Tank, Ranged Damage, Melee Damage, and Healer.
Monday Night Combat
Developed by - Uber Entertainment
Published by - Microsoft Game Studios, Uber Entertainment
Platform - X Box 360, Windows
Release Date - 11th August 2010 (X Box 360), 24th January, 2011 (Windows)

Monday Night Combat is a shooting game, and also a 2-team game. The game is centered around Moneyball. The goal here is to destroy the opposing team's Moneyball in one mode of the game. In the second mode, players have to defend their own Moneyball from bots.
Developed by - Ronimo Games, Abstraction Games
Published by - dtp Entertainment
Platform - Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, X Box One, X Box 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
Release Date - 1st August, 2012 (Windows), 7th December, 2012 (Mac OS X), 29th May, 2013 (Linux), 2nd May, 2012 (PlayStation 3, X Box Live Arcade), For X Box One release date: TBA
Awesomenauts has two teams with three players in each team. The aim is to kill members of the opposing team, destroy their defense turrets and inflict certain degree of damage on the solar collector for victory. The non-human controlled bots provided for assistance in this game are called droids. There are 3 types of droids: Buzz, Super, and Humming Droids.
Developed by - Panzar Studio
Published by - Panzar Studio
Platform - Windows
Release Date - 12th April 2013

In Panzar, there are in all 15 arenas for combat. There also are 5 different modes to play the game in: Domination, King of the Hill, Siege, Meteors, and Mechanism.
There are 8 classes from which players can choose characters for their teams: Berserker, Gunner, Tank, Ice Witch, Inquisitor, Sister of Fire, Sapper, and Paladin.
Heroes of the Storm
Developed by - Blizzard Entertainment
Published by - Blizzard Entertainment
Platform - Windows, Mac OS X
Release Date - TBA

This is a 5-against-5 online battle game. Players have the option to choose from 3 game modes. Once the game has been started by a player, the heroes keep rotating.

To gain permanent access to a particular hero, players can use the gold that they have won in the course of the game. Points are earned by the entire team when a hero of the opposite team, an enemy unit, or a neutral unit is killed. 
You could also try:
  • SmashMuck Champions
  • AirMech
  • Plants War
  • Prime World
  • Dawngate

So for all of you who just can't get enough of League of Legends, or for those looking for something new in the same genre, you now have a wide range to choose from. Enjoy!