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Data Informed Decisions with the Champions of 'League of Legends'


Discover the data and research behind the more than 140 Champions of 'League of Legends' as Nathan Blau (Researcher for Riot Games) presents how this data informs decisions at the team, product, and studio level. This talk introduces unique datasets, models, and visualizations on the game telemetry of champions, as well as player sentiment on champions through Riot's "Mass Champion Survey". This talk also answers questions such as: how does Riot decide what champions to update next? What can gender differences in champion preferences teach you about how to make more inclusive and iconic casts of characters? Why is Yasuo (the infamous wind samurai) beloved in China but polarizing in the US (and what can you do with that information)?

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  • GDC 2019
  • Nathan Blau
  • Riot Games
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