Community pls: LoL esports calendar
Community pls: LoL esports calendar
When lolesports.com launched, one of our goals was to create a place where we could spotlight summoners who contribute great works to the community, the game, and LoL esports. Today, we are pleased to present the first in our community spotlight series.
While thousands of you use it every day, few know the name Olle “Lleoh” Hellman, the founder of esportcalendar.com. In January of 2012, Olle created a comprehensive international calendar that highlighted League of Legends esports matches each day, from partner events like MLG and IPL to community tournaments and pro-team invitationals. Today, the calendar is one of the most popular in the world, replete with links to each event’s stream, VODs, leaguepedia page, Chrome and Firefox plug-ins, and all automatically adjusted to your time zone. If you’re looking for a competitive game to watch, Olle’s calendar is the place to go.
And the best part? It’s all available for free.
We managed to catch up with Olle in his native Sweden to chat about his calendar, and get his thoughts on League of Legends esports.
RiotShantzilla: Hi Olle! Thanks for chatting with us. When did you first get the idea to start a comprehensive international esports calendar?
Olle: It was in January 2012. I was trying to watch lots of different matches, but I was working as an IT System Architect and had to try and fit the games into my schedule. So I started to add the tournaments into my calendar. It solved both the scheduling part and the difficulties of translating the time into my time zone. Then I thought to myself. Why not share this calendar with some guys on Riot’s forum and on Reddit? People loved it! We now have half a million visits each month.
R: 500k a month! How many hours a week do you have to put into maintaining and updating such a popular calendar?
O: At the start I had to do all the work myself, and it took long hours. Maybe 10+ hours a day. But then I reached out to the community for some help. People responded, like colbycheeze, Pankie, deman, Pluto, and a few others. They all helped me out. Huge thanks to Hawkward_Hawk. Now I have a few partnerships with tournament organizers that add their own data, like AGHL. I also partnered up with vods.leaguepedia.com so they can add VOD links to our calendar events. Now it only takes 1-2 hours a day on average. A bit more when lots of tournament information is released, like LCS!
R: Does running the esports calendar interfere with your job at all?
O: All the work I have done has been on my own spare time, to my wife's despair! =)
R: The calendar already runs great, but what are your future plans for it?
O: We are days away from deploying a new design with new features. In addition to our Chrome and Firefox add-on, we have plans to make an Android app.
R: When did you start playing League of Legends? Do you have a favorite champion?
O: I was a WoW player back in the day, but I wanted to try something new and started playing League in October 2011. I remember the release of Graves the Outlaw. I love the team coordination and the strategies in LoL. I’m a jungler, so Amumu and Mundo are my favorites.
R: Who do you think needs a nerf right now?
O: AP Kayle, such a lane bully!
R: Haha I’ll let the Live Design team know! Here’s a harder question: who are your favorite EU and NA teams right now?
O: I love seeing EG (back when they were CLG.EU) play. The comebacks, the team coordination and intense long games… and like many others I’m a sucker from the underdog, and Curse has been that for a long time. I hope it’s their time to shine now.
R: EG and Curse. Good choices! But who do you think will win the Season 3 World Championship?
O: EG. It would be fun with EG vs Curse in the finals.
R: I’d watch that! Finally, what advice would you give to other fans that want to contribute to League of Legends esports like you did?
O: Find something that you think is missing, and is useful. Then just create and share it!
R: Sounds like solid advice to me. Thank you Olle for taking the time to interview with us, and for making such a great calendar!
For more information on Olle’s esports calendar, head over to here. If you’d like to get into contact with Olle and his team, you can find that information here, and make sure to follow the calendar on Twitter at @esportcalendar for the latest updates and upgrades.