November 19, 2023

Riot Games Removes Price Tag From League and Valorant Riot ID Change

Player feedback is a powerful force that can shape the trajectory of a game. Riot Games, the renowned developer behind League of Legends and Valorant, recently experienced the impact of community outcry regarding their decision to change Summoner Names to Riot IDs. In response to the concerns voiced by players, Riot Games has backpedalled on their initial plans, opting for a more player-friendly approach to Riot IDs that will both boost their popularity with the community as well as smoothen the transition. Let's delve into the details of this reversal and its implications for the gaming community.

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What is a Riot ID?

On October 16, Riot Games shared their plans to transition away from Summoner Names in League of Legends, introducing Riot IDs instead. While Valorant has operated on the Riot ID system since its release, League of Legends players were faced with an issue: their names wouldn’t be unique anymore. While that concern quickly vanished, as there are several players trying to get the same name, the core change involved players waiting a year before being eligible for another free name change. Changing your Riot ID before that required the purchase of an extra name change using in-game currency, costing approximately $10.

League Players Outraged with Riot ID Change

The proposed Riot ID changes sparked an outcry from the gaming community, prompting Riot Games to reevaluate their decisions.

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In response to the feedback received, Riot announced an update on November 17, addressing the concerns raised by players.

The most significant change in the revised plan was the removal of the paid requirement for changing Riot IDs. The initial 365-day cooldown period for free changes was also significantly reduced to 90 days.

The revised approach by Riot Games has been well-received by the gaming community, earning praise as a 'Big W' for Riot. The elimination of the paid requirement and the reduction in cooldown duration are boosting Riot’s relationship with the community by providing a more player-friendly system.

However, some players still feel that the entire issue could have been avoided if Riot didn’t aim for their wallets right from the start.

When are Riot IDs coming to League of Legends?

Riot Games is set to implement the streamlined Riot ID system in League of Legends on November 20. This update will introduce an ID tag alongside players' in-game names, similar to the existing system in Valorant. Riot Games has communicated these changes through an official blog post, ensuring transparency and clarity for the player base.

The recent backpedalling by Riot Games on the Riot ID changes serves as a testament to the importance of player feedback in the gaming industry. The responsiveness of the developer to community concerns reflects a commitment to creating an enjoyable gaming experience for players. As Riot Games continues to navigate the dynamic landscape of online gaming, the relationship between developers and players remains a crucial factor in shaping the future of beloved titles like League of Legends and Valorant.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for November 20 to get your Riot ID!

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