Riot Games confirmed today that it will restrict access for VPNs outside of the League of Legends: Wild Rift open beta regions. Players from outside the available regions are attempting to play in the Wild Rift beta through VPNs, disrupting gameplay and causing “game-breaking” problems.
The announcement comes from Wild Rift technical operations director Landon McDowell, who states that many players, “far more than [Riot] expected,” want to participate in the game’s open beta. The Wild Rift team has noticed ongoing problems caused by players from outside the open beta’s regions attempting to play by using VPNs. The beta is currently only available to players from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste.
Players using a VPN to access the beta have brought a variety of issues such as language barriers, and “outright game-breaking problems” like lag spikes for all players. In order to “protect the game experience” for players from the open beta regions, Riot will be restricting the highest volume VPN services from accessing the game. The developer will announce if any additional VPN services end up getting added to the list in the future.
This restriction should only affect players outside the open beta’s regions, with Riot telling players inside the available regions who use a VPN to contact player support if they are experiencing issues. The restriction does not affect specific countries, but rather the “highest volume” VPN services from outside the permitted regions.
Players outside the open beta regions who want to play Wild Rift will have to wait until the game is available worldwide. The beta is expected to expand to Europe, Russia, Oceania, North Africa, Turkey, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Middle East before the end of this year. Players in North America, South America, and India will have to wait until next year to play the game. McDowell explains that the Wild Rift team “hates” to restrict game access to anyone, but that they “don’t have immediate plans” to lift this restriction.
League of Legends: Wild Rift does not have an official release date, but is expected to be made available to everyone in 2021.
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