In an effort to protect the best in-game experience for the League of Legends: Wild Rift open beta, Riot Games has announced they will now prevent VPN access from the highest volume VPN services outside the beta regions, effective immediately. The company said in a statement:
It’s become increasingly clear that a ton of you… FAR more than we expected… want to play the Wild Rift beta. As we’ve been monitoring the in-game experience, we’ve noticed a range of problems in games that include players who have used a VPN to log in from outside the beta regions. These issues range from an inconvenience (like language barriers) to outright game-breaking problems (like unplayable lag spikes for everyone—not just the players on VPN).
Currently, the block is only being applied to the highest volume VPN services outside the beta regions.
The Regional Open Beta for Wild Rift went live in October for players in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. Riot is hoping to expand the beta to the following locations in early December:
- Middle East
- North Africa
Wild Rift’s open beta probably won’t arrive in the Americas until Spring 2021.
We’re working to get Wild Rift available worldwide as quickly as possible but we don’t have anything more to share on timing yet. Believe us that we hate cutting off access to anyone, but we think this is the right move to provide the best experience to the largest number of players.