What defines a League of Legends player?

League of Legends is a video game played by a 100 million players every month on PC. The fantasy Multiplayer Online Battle Arena is one of the most popular games ever made.

(Source SuperData Arcade)

Everyone can download the game free of charge from their website and start playing. The game has a competitive nature, every game the player is pitted against another player this resulted in tournaments with millions of dollars in prize money. The last finals of the League of Legends world cup had 43 million unique viewers.

Players can be put in three different categories: (either by themselves or as a target audience for a company) Casual, Semi-Hardcore and Hardcore.

Casual players normally don’t take the game seriously, they don’t have the desire to improve as much and they play mainly just for fun. They see games as something on the side, like reading a book or watching a movie but it doesn’t dictate their life at all.

Semi-Hardcore players take the game a bit more seriously, the desire to improve is there even though they also might play other games. They have jobs or go to university but most of their free time is spent on video games. These are the kind of players you might find talking to other players in forums or talk about it to their friends.

Hardcore players are the type of players that spend a great deal of their waking life playing the game. They try to improve the most by spending a lot of time playing the game. Hardcore players might live in Team houses to get as good as possible to compete for money. They live and breath video games. They are or have a strong desire to become a professional gamer and be paid for playing the game.

In League of Legends things are a bit different. A survey done by Pieter van Hulst asked a wide variety of players how much time players spent playing League of Legends. There wasn’t that much of a difference between the Semi-hardcore and the Hardcore crowd.

It is clear that the people who define themselves as casual users don’t spend as much time playing League of Legends but there are some that play as much as the Hardcore and Semi hardcore crowd. There is another way to make a clear distinction between the kind of players: the “game modes”

To show that you have become a better player in League of Legends you have to play in the Ranked game mode. Here you can accumulate points, the more points you get the higher your rank becomes. The hardcore type of player wants to climb up the ranks to show the rest of the world and himself that he has in fact become better. The casual type doesn’t really care that much about their rank and will play in the more ‘Fun’ oriented game modes. The semi hardcore player wants to climb the ladder but will also play in the ‘Fun’ modes more than the Hardcore player.

These graphs and information show why a game like League of Legends is as big as it is because there is something to do for everyone. Players that play 5 hours or less might not be as good as the players that play 20 hours or more but that doesn’t mean that they are not having fun.

Another difference between the sub categories can be seen in the amount of money players spend on the game.

A large share of the casual player base didn’t buy anything last year, however a large share also spend more than $80. Of course players from different backgrounds play the game. The income of the players doesn’t affect the category but it does affect how much money they spend on the game. The Hardcore graph shows that the largest share of players spend $80 or more though.


Gentrification in South London


Gentrification as defined by

..the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses.

As the cool and trendy hipster trend emerged its way quietly into London, as did gentrification. It took place almost suddenly. Although this is not a new concept, the effects can be lasting and detrimental.


South London is known for its rough and rowdiness, especially in areas such as Peckham and Brixton. Notorious for gangs, violence and home to heavily populated Afro and Afr0-Caribbean communities.

Since Boris Johnson, the mayor,  has been in power since 2008, there has been rapid ‘housing development’ in not only South London, but London as a whole. Particularly taking place in areas which are considered ‘deprived’.


This article shall focus mainly on the areas: Brixton, Peckham and Camberwell, areas which have been considered deprived. Particularly focusing on housing and the correlation between gentrification and housing.

This graph illustrates the great increase of house prices in the chosen areas (Brixton, Peckham and Camberwell). Due to the fact these areas were deemed as deprived, house prices were considerably lower than the average house prices on the London.

The demand for housing increased as more people brought homes in these areas as they were considerably cheaper. Increasing the price and as a result making it harder for community locals to stay in their own areas.


Gentrification is not the only factor for the lack of housing and booming house prices. As a result of increased population in London in 2008, the demand for housing has subsequently became greater.

Taking a look at the monthly gradual housing increase from 2008 and 2015. The drastic increase is clearly visible.


Although housing prices in London and South London may not be as a direct result of gentrification, it has certainly been a contributing factor.


Is London a safe place for our Children to be raised?

With the record number of killings and murders in the capital the question is whether our children is safe to be raised in london?

There has been a increase of murders and stabbings since 2012, raising each year by 20%, according to the (CRS) crime Report UK Survey.
However the table below shows in detail the crime and details since the horrific year of 2005

Table of Teenage Murders per London Borough – 2005 to 2013, and Borough Rank on Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010

BOROUGH 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 TOTAL Deprivation
Rank 2010
(low numbers are most deprived)
Barking and Dagenham 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 22
Barnet 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 176
Bexley 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 174
Brent 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 35
Bromley 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 4 203
Camden 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 74
Croydon 3 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 10 107
Ealing 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 80
Enfield 0 0 2 5 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 11 64
Greenwich 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 28
Hackney 0 1 2 2 2 3 0 0 1 2 2 15 2
Hammersmith and Fulham 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 55
Haringey 0 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 13
Harrow 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 194
Havering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 177
Hillingdon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 138
Hounslow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 118
Islington 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 10 14
Kensington and Chelsea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 103
Kingston upon Thames 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 255
Lambeth 0 1 4 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 1 15 29
Lewisham 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 1 3 11 31
Merton 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 208
Newham 1 3 4 0 2 5 1 0 1 0 17 3
Redbridge 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 8 134
Richmond upon Thames 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 285
Southwark 2 1 2 3 1 3 2 1 0 2 1 18 41
Sutton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 196
Tower Hamlets 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 5 7
Waltham Forest 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 5 15
Wandsworth 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 5 121
Westminster 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 8 87
TOTAL 14 18 28 29 14 19 15 8 12 11 17

table data source: Met Police, Home Office and CitizensReport – data includes 5 manslaughter cases

Data gathered from the Greater London Metropolitan Police, showed that with all the crime has occurred within every region from common to the most gruesome of crimes. However the gender of crime committed was mostly men accumulating 89%, showed that robbery and sexual crimes pertained mostly to them. However Women are very high in the Fraud and Thefting section.

Even though there has been a raise in series of crime, there has been a misconception on the full background. The Greater London Police have been known to add on the numbers for suspected crimes making the numbers appear larger than needed. This brings fear among the people of London and then gives the police a reason to have more finances spend the police services and training. Looking at the data there has been a significant amount crime in the last year alone leading the question to whether the police are doing enough to protect them.


Medellin: From dangerous to innovative

For many years, Latin America has been home to the most dangerous cities in the world.

The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice – a security watchdog in Mexico – puts together an annual report of the top 50 most violent cities.

This year, the Venezuelan capital Caracas was revealed the most violent city in the world, with a death toll of 3946, a rate of 119.87 per 100,000 residents.

Other cities such as San Salvador, went up the ranking from number 13 on the list to #3.

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But the most surprising reductions in crime have been in cities well known for their long fuelled violence by their big drug cartels such as Medellin-Colombia and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.

In 2010, Medellin – hometown of the biggest druglord of all times, Pablo Escobar – was 10th on the list with an 82.62 homicide rate per 100,000 citizens.

Now it’s left the ranking list, reducing its homicide rate by 67% over the last four years.

Medellin – also known as the city of the eternal spring – has undoubtedly had the greatest homicide rate reduction.

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In 2013, it was named the world’s most innovative city by The Citi and the Marketing Services Department of the Wall Street Journal, due to it’s great progress in means of transport such as the metro, and cable car system.



Safety of Areas for Students

The attendance of students in university is rising and with that is the need of accommodation, however with the rate of crime rising by the year, we have a look at the statistics in which the North and South of England compare. Data from the complete University guide shows the division among all the crime committed from drugs to sexual offenses. Data also shows the most recent survey statistics up to December 2015, in which the worst area is Manchester for Students.

This source the crime and how much has been committed

In the complete university guide, it analyzes the all the crime given across the country and with the economic growth of the area. It gathers data from the local authorities, police and ambulance services in order to a detailed and realistic look for students wishing to live in the area.


Benefits in Britain

Despite being in times of “austerity”, unemployment in the UK has surprisingly been at its lowest since 2008, according to the LFS (Labour Force Survey).

The number of people claiming benefits when out of work, such as Job Seeker’s Allowance has reduced by almost a half, over the last five years.

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Data gathered by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) showed that, even though women are more likely to be out of work due to several reasons, such as staying at home with the kids, the number of men who actually claimed Job seeker’s allowance was much higher than women.

Claimants of Job seeker's allowance in the UK

However, since the UK’s benefit system is considered one of the most generous in Europe, there is big misconception when it comes to the number of people who actually claim some sort of support.

A survey carried out amongst students at London Metropolitan University, showed that 3 in every 4 believe there are more people taking advantage of the welfare system, than the people who are entitled or have some sort of necessity.