Survey: Why people play ranked?

We conducted a survey to find out for what purpose people play ranked in League of Legends.

According to statistics shown on Forbes, sixty eight million people play League of Legends per month as of 2014. A good portion of that takes part in League of Legends’ ranked ladder. But what is it exactly that people play ranked for instead of normal?

There’s a total of eight hundred and ninety eight votes, according to the survey we conducted on The results are as follows:

  • To climb as high as I can (42%, 381 votes)
  • For fun (35%, 313 votes)
  • To become a pro (14%, 126 votes)
  • Other (5%, 48 votes)
  • To become a coach (3%, 30 votes)


Those who voted “To climb as high as I can” say that they “want to be the best”, “get to Master tier, because that’s when I can rest in peace saying I am good at this game” and “want to feel a sense of achievement and progression”.


Those who voted “For fun” had similar answers, saying “I just want to have fun and get better” “To get laid” “For me, it’s the same mentality you’d have on an after work volleyball club.”


survey reason for ranked 1


Those who voted “To become a pro” say “To be another Faker” (For those who don’t know, he won the League of Legends wold championship twice, in season 3 and season 5), and “to reach Challenger/LCS”.


Those who voted “Other” say that they “want to get good enough to play with popular streamers and perhaps duo with them”, “I would love to work for Riot as a developer, and climbing would also be a resume booster for any QA positions I will apply for in the future” and “to make money off of it, whatever method works”.


And finally, those who voted “to become a coach” say “I wish I could apply for a coach position one day, the way I understand it you have to be at least diamond and have some kind of experience so…”


survey reason for ranked 2


It appears that the competitive aspect of League of Legends tends to draw people in the most, but does it compromise the fun part about the game? The answer is no.


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