Riot dropping an artificial reef off the coast of Australia

With our natural coral reefs under threat from a variety of shitty things, ranging from climate change to wonderfully irresponsible government regulations, artificial reefs are looking like pretty necessary things. Boats, cinder blocks, abstract metal sculptures, they’re alright I suppose but what about a true Titan of the Depths? That’s right. I’m talking about putting League of Legends tank Nautilus back where he belongs at the bottom of the ocean…and away from my Kayle.

The fish will love it!

The fish will love it!

Riot’s Oceania office announced the news today, following last months community event Ocean Week, that an artificial reef version of ol’ Nautilus will petrify divers off the east coast of Australia. The Ocean Week event tasked summoners in the Oceanic region to contribute at least 275,000 points over the course of the week to score a variety of prizes. And in an turn of events that surprised absolutely no one, the artificial reef stretch goal was hit in just three days. Man, people love their LOL. Votes for Nautilus then beat out those for Fizz and Nami, resulting in his watery immortalization. And quite rightly so, because just look at him! LOOK AT HIM!

Pretty but no Nautilus!

Pretty but no Nautilus!

Riot is currently consulting with an artificial reef company and a marine biologist to determine where best to dump this eco-friendly beast. Other than just being a rad thing for Riot to do, every player that contributed points to getting the reef constructed will have their name etched into it. Which is pretty darn cool.

Riot Games recently expanded its League of Legends presence down under, opening a Sydney office last year and most notably with the creation of the new Oceanic Pro League. And now a reef. Next stop, Riot for Prime Minister.

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