After announcing the plan to move all accounts to Riot ID last month, the developers have made a big update that most players will love.
Bye summoner names, hello Riot ID
Riot recently announced the launch of Riot IDs to replace the previous summoner name system that has been in use in League of Legends for over a decade. Despite some frustration from the community, Riot still decided to implement the change and explained some of the reasons why they decided to do so:
Choosing a unique summoner name is a terrifying experience for new players. New League and TFT players take an average of 5 minutes and 8 rejected attempts to choose a unique name, and thousands of players give up before finding a name they like. It shouldn’t be that hard to make it to the tutorial.
According to Riot, it’s common for players to use numbers and symbols to mimic the name they actually want, and they believe it’s better to have “more than one Aatrox on a server rather than multiple variations of 447r0x”.
Other titles like VALORANT, Legends of Runeterra, and Wild Rift experience Riot ID changes fairly frequently, with some changing it every 30 days. Compared to the league system, where the Riot ID can be changed once a year, the developers have decided to shorten this period to 90 days. While they know players would like to call themselves different names across titles, Riot explained that there will be a consistent identity across the ecosystem.
Below are the changes Riot has made as of November 20th:
- Riot ID change costs – Even though it will be free, players will have to wait for some time before changing their Riot ID again. The developers have mentioned that they are open to future customizations, including adding paid or earned options for faster changes.
- Frequency of name changes – According to Riot, 3 months should be a good time to have your Riot ID changed. In the future you will have the option to change it every 90 days for free.
- Uniqueness of the name – Riot displays the hashtag when there are multiple players with the same name in the game, and you can also see it when you hover over the player on the scoreboard.
- Identity theft concerns – Riot has been working on a solution and will share more once details are finalized.
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