• Players who use VPN services to connect to Wild Rift won’t be able to play the game anymore.
  • The developers of the game attributed problems with server stability to justify the ban, claiming that excessive VPN traffic led to surges in slowing.
  • Riot Games may change this policy in the future.

Riot Games has announced a new access policy for the recently launched League of Legends: Wild Rift Beta. To overcome game-related issues and to provide a more enjoyable experience for players Riot decided too limit the VPN access to players that aren’t in the beta region.
It was released on October 27, 2020. Wild Rift is currently accessible in an open beta version available in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.

For players outside of these countries, they had to make use of a VPN to access the game. However, the developers have identified several issues. These issues are related to language problems and even game-breaking issues for players from both VPN players and the beta regions players.

In light of this, Riot Games has decided to stop VPN access to the most well-known VPN companies that are sending the largest volume of traffic outside of the regions that are in beta. The company claims the motivation for this decision is to safeguard the gaming experience for its gamers.

Responding to players

It appears that Riot Games is committed to giving access to Wild Rift to the maximum number of players they can. They are working towards making Wild Rift available to all players worldwide.

However, for the moment the American-based esports competition editor, publisher, and video game developer considered that blocking VPN connections was the best option to give an enjoyable gaming experience for the largest number of players.

Director of Operations for Technical at Wild Rift, Landon McDowell addressed the players in a letter that reads:

“It hurts us to cut off access for anyone however we believe it is the best way to ensure that players who are who are part of the beta can play Wild Rift the way it was designed for it to play.”

McDowell suggested that they might alter the policy in the future if things improve. However, at present, there aren’t any plans to change the decision.

However, players who are in the open beta zone are permitted to connect via VPN and, if access is denied, they can reach out to support for players.

What’s driving more players toward Wild Rift?

League of Legends can be described as a well-known online battle game with the most current version. Wild Rift version is the console and mobile version of League that is available now in specific areas in Southeast Asia.

Wild Rift Beta boasts a quick-play feature that has new controls. After over 1 year of testing, Riot Games developed the game to play on the biggest stage and is preparing for its premiere.

Riot plans to launch Wild Rift across Europe and certain other regions by the end of this year. The beta version is scheduled to arrive in all of the North as well as South American territories later in 2021.

Riot Games didn’t mention the VPN areas that are not accessible, however, they did say that they’ll target areas with the highest traffic. If the volume drops and the situation is regulated then the policy could be changed shortly.

This is an interesting observation that the company might not be in a position to block all VPNs. They appear to block traffic from VPNs that users are using in the highest amount. That means the VPNs could create new IPs to bypass their Wild Rift Beta block.

And New VPNs which didn’t have a problem sending heavy traffic to the company before could still function without issues. Let’s look at how VPN customers and businesses react to this new move made by Riot.