People who play LoL frequently ask me why DotA players “hate” LoL, and I go through this history lesson with them. Here’s the basic facts, most DotA players do not hate LoL, they hate Riot Games and most of the people who work there. When it was first being developed LoL was marketed directly to the DotA crowd, fuck, they gave Beta Keys away to a ton of forum members on dota-allstars and in TDA Clans chat room. I played a few Beta Matches but was never able to get into it.
At first, most people were supportive of Riot, and wished Guinsoo and company the best of luck. But then LoL actually launched and a majority of the DotA community didn’t like it, so they just kept playing DotA. Well this made Riot mad, but they shrugged it off as LoL exploded. Then IceFrog announced his meeting with Valve and their intend to recreate DotA in the Source Engine—DotA 2. Riot was not happy about this, and Pendragon—whom had been running dota-allstars and TDA Clan—and various Riot employees basically conspired to trademark anything DotA-related he could and shut down the official dota-allstars site redirecting people to the LoL site instead.
He shut down the site after years of operation, and deleted years and years of posts, hero ideas, balance discussion, and bug lists. He tried to in one swift move cripple the DotA community. This is mind you, after they beta tested the game using DotA’s community, advertised on DotA’s largest website unobjected, and were given input from the DotA community every step of the way how they could make a game and draw that crowd in. Luckily Blizzard laid claims to the trademarks they gathered because of the WC3 ToS, and then hammered out a deal with Valve to get DotA 2 made. That is a huge reason why a lot of character art is different and hero names are changed (Windranger instead of Windrunner is largely because the Windrunner family was a central figure in High Elven society in Warcraft, etc.).
So I don’t hate LoL, the game is alright, I enjoy DotA 2 more. I hate Riot Games. I hate that they promised tens of thousands of players a WC3-independent successor to DotA:Allstars and delivered League of Legends. I hate that Pendragon almost destroyed the community that made the genre popular in the first place. I hate that he refused to apologize and has patronized DotA and the DotA Community ever since. I hate their anti-competitive bullshit masquerading as “helping further eSports”.
/u/neurosisxeno on why DotA/Dota 2 players hate Riot Games and, more specifically, one of its main founders, Pendragon. [[original comment](http://www.reddit.com/r/DotA2/comments/1s38uc/dota_2_censored_by_riots_season_4_lcs_contracts/cdtj4zf)]
In case you were wondering.