Running a
Play Session

The one thing all League of Legends clubs have in common is the game. From installing the game to running a session with your students, below you'll find a guide to help get your students playing together.

RUNNING A PLAY SESSION

The one thing all League of Legends clubs have in common is the game. From installing the game, to running a session with your students, this is your one stop guide to help get your students playing together.

ACCOUNT CREATION

To play League of Legends, each student will need to have their own account. To create and account, click the “Create an account” link in the bottom right of the client. This should be done at home before commencing a play session as a student under 18 will need the permission of a parent or guardian.

IT REQUIREMENTS

If your club will be running League of Legends on school or student computers, we recommend that they meet certain specifications. You will likely be required to work with your school’s IT department in order to make playing the game on your school network accessible to students. More on this here.

System requirements for Windows and Mac

Ports that require unblocking on your network for LoL to operate

DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

First you’ll need to install League of Legends on each computer you wish to play the game on, as one computer is required per person playing the game. Games can have up to 10 people, in which case you’ll need to install League of Legends on 10 different computers. You can download the game for free from here. (Or download as a zip from leaguehighschool.com: for PC [Download] or Mac [Download]).

Once downloaded, follow the steps below:

  1. Launch the installer and follow the prompts in the setup wizard. This wizard will install the basic patcher for LoL.
  2. Launch League of Legends and the patcher will complete the installation of the game client.
  3. Press the Launch button at the top of the patcher screen and the game client will open.
  4. The game client will continue to download the rest of the game. You may login to the client during this time but will be unable to start a game until the download is complete.

As this process will need to be repeated on each computer in your club, you may choose to copy the game files across to your other computers rather than downloading the full game on each device. Downloading or copying the game files to all of your machines may take a while, so it might be worth setting up a cache server in your school to serve the game files to each computer as well as any future updates. Find out more about this option here.

RUNNING A SESSION

When choosing to play a League of Legends match during club time, you do need to consider how much time students can allocate to the game.

A League of Legends match on the main game mode, Summoner’s Rift, generally runs between 30–40 minutes long but can sometimes last longer. We do recommend at least an hour is made available to play a game to completion, as there can be penalties to a player’s account if they leave matches in progress too often (except for custom games, see below).

This time restriction can be worked around in a few ways:

  • Players can choose to play one of the other, generally shorter duration game modes: Howling Abyss (a maximum of 10 players) or Twisted Treeline (a maximum of 6 players).
  • Players can play “custom” games where the competitors of both teams may be privately invited to the match (Players are not penalised for leaving custom games before completion).
  • If students are still in game and you have run out of time to play, players may surrender a match as early as 15 minutes in without the penalty to their accounts that would normally be applied if they chose to leave the match early.

If you’re looking to set up a proper tournament, check out the Tournament Guide on our Resources page (we can even offer digital prizing for your tournament). If you’re just looking to create a stand-alone play session for your club, either create an internal custom game for your students (see: Creating a Custom Game) or head into an online game (see: Joining an Online Game) with the League of Legends community.

CREATING A CUSTOM GAME

If you don’t want to play online against other League of Legends players, you can set up a custom game in which your students play alongside each other against the computer OR against each other.

To do so follow these steps:

  • Have all of your students log in to their accounts in the League of Legends client (up to 10 students).
  • One player should then click “Play” in the top left-hand corner.
  • Select the “Create Custom” option.
  • Choose your map: Summoner’s Rift is the standard mode (5 players versus 5 players), but if you have 6 or less students playing, Twisted Treeline is ideal as it is a 3 versus 3 map. Don’t worry if you can’t fill all the spaces, as you can fill them with “bots” later (computer controlled characters).
  • Set a password for the lobby you’re creating to ensure that only your students can join the game.
  • If each of the playing students own 20 or more champions then they can choose “Draft Pick” mode. If not, choose “Blind Pick”.
  • Click confirm, and then the other students will be able to join the game by clicking “Play” and then “Join Custom”.
  • If you still have spots spare, just click the “Add Bot” button to add computer controlled opponents/allies.

JOINING AN ONLINE GAME

If you have 5 players or less, one option is to play League of Legends online against other players in the community OR alongside other players in the community against computer controlled AI.

To play against other players:

  • Have all your students log in to the League of Legends client.
  • Have the students add each other as friends by clicking the “add friend” icon near the top right-hand corner of the client and typing in their peers’ Summoner Names (aka their user names).
  • Once they are all friends, have one student click the “Play” button to the top left of the client.
  • Select your mode: Summoner’s Rift is the standard game for a team of 5 or less.
  • Select “Draft Pick” or “Blind Pick” and click “Confirm” (please note: draft pick is only available for players who own 16 or more champions).
  • Have this student invite the other students to their lobby by clicking the “invite” button.
  • Once all players are in the lobby, click “Find Match”. You can have up to five people in the one lobby, if you have less than five people the client will automatically find other players in the community to join your team.
  • You will have to wait until other players are found, once these players are found all students must click “Accept” to join the game.

To play against the computer:

  • Have all your students log in to the League of Legends client.
  • Have the students add each other as friends by clicking the “add friend” icon near the top right-hand corner of the client and typing in their peers’ Summoner Names (aka their user names).
  • Once they are all friends, have one student click the “Play” button to the top left of the client.
  • Select “Co-op vs AI” in the top left-hand corner.
  • Select your difficulty level and click “Confirm”.
  • Have this student invite the other students to their lobby by clicking the “invite” button.
  • Once all players are in the lobby, click “Find Match”. You can have up to five people in the one lobby.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you have less than 5 people the client will automatically find other players in the community to join your team against AI controlled opponents. If you have 5 students, this game will only involve your students and computer controlled AI. If you have less than 5 students playing and you also want the game to be purely made up of your own students and computers, please see “Creating a Custom Game” below.

ANALYSING PLAY

If you’d like your students to get more out of their time with League of Legends, consider taking the next step and looking over our Learning Objectives section and using classroom materials from our Resources page to encourage discussion around teamwork and online behaviour that can improve each student’s mindset and approach to their games of League of Legends.

IT REQUIREMENTS

If your club will be running League of Legends on school or student computers, we recommend that they meet certain specifications. You will likely be required to work with your school’s IT department in order to make playing the game on your school network accessible to students.

System requirements for Windows and Mac

Ports that require unblocking on your network for LoL to operate

GETTING STARTED

First you’ll need to install League of Legends on each computer you wish to play the game on, as one computer is required per person playing the game. Games can have up to 10 people, in which case you’ll need to install League of Legends on 10 different computers.

You can download the game for free from here. (Or download as a zip from leaguehighschool.com: for PC [72MB] or Mac [71 MB])

INSTALLING LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

  1. Download the LoL client installer for PC [72MB] or Mac [71 MB].
  2. Launch the installer and follow the prompts in the setup wizard. This wizard will install the basic patcher for LoL.
  3. Launch League of Legends and the patcher will complete the installation of the game client.
  4. Press the Launch button at the top of the patcher screen and the game client will open.
  5. The game client will continue to download the rest of the game. You may login to the client during this time but will be unable to start a game until the download is complete.

As this process will need to be repeated on each computer in your club, you may choose to copy the game files across to your other computers rather than downloading the full game on each device. Downloading or copying the game files to all of your machines may take a while, so it might be worth setting up a cache server in your school to serve the game files to each computer as well as any future updates. Find out more about this option here.

RUNNING A SESSION

When choosing to play a League of Legends match during club time, you do need to consider how much time students can allocate to the game.

A League of Legends match on the main game mode: Summoner’s Rift, generally runs between 30–40 minutes long but can sometimes last longer. We do recommend at least an hour is made available to play a game to completion, as there can be penalties to a player’s account if they leave matches in progress too often.

This time restriction can be worked around in a few ways:

  • Players can choose to play one of the other, generally shorter duration game modes.
  • Players may surrender a match as early as 15 minutes in.
  • Players can play “custom” games where the competitors of both teams must be invited to the match (Players are not penalised for leaving custom games before completion).

ANALYSING PLAY

If you’d like your students to get more out of their time with League of Legends, consider taking the next step and looking over our Learning Objectives section and using classroom materials from our Resources page to encourage discussion around teamwork and online behaviour that can improve each student’s mindset and approach to their games of League of Legends.

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