Riot ID Will Replace Summoner Names: All You Need to Know
For a "seamless" identity!
If you ask any League of Legends player, they will share a very fond memory of them sitting and thinking about coming up with a unique Summoner Name. These Summoner names are sacred and pretty special for League players.
But, Riot Games is getting rid of the Summoner names in favor of a seamless identity in the form of Riot ID. This move, Riot Games believes, will allow players to identify themselves across all of the different Riot games including League of Legends, Valorant, and Legends of Runeterra.
Riot Games will slowly phase out the usage of “Summoner Names” and move all players exclusively to Riot IDs starting from 20th November 2023. Here's all you need to know about this transition.
What is a Riot ID?
The short answer to this question is that Riot ID is a player's universal ID across all Riot games except for League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics. However, this will change starting from 20th November 2023 as Riot Games hopes to bring in uniformity in League of Legends and TFT as well.
Riot Games to soon transition from Summoner Names to Riot IDs
Talking about this move, Riot Games said, "We understand there may be some mixed emotions regarding these changes—whether you’ve been here for 14 years or 14 minutes, in-game names are an important part of how you experience a game."
However, the publisher reiterated its goal which is to make players feel as connected to their Riot ID as they do their Summoner Names. It also promised to make this change a seamless one.
The main reason for the change is that the term "Summoner Name" does not fit into the lore of League of Legends as Riot moved away from the concept of "all powerful summoners" to focus more on the champions.
It added, "When it comes to players, Summoner Name doesn’t sync with the lore and hasn’t for a while. This update is designed to better match the current world of League of Legends, create more fluidity between all of our titles..."
What Does the Change to Riot ID mean for players?
Riot Games made it very clear that players don't have to do anything about this change from Summoner Names to Riot ID. As a result, players don't have to take any action for this update.
If you have played a Riot Games' title before, you are bound to have a Riot ID. If you are wondering what a Riot ID is, here's all you need to know about it:
Riot ID is what allows other players to find you through the social tabs in all of Riot Games' titles. By logging into your account via account.riotgames.com, you should be able to see your Riot ID which is listed at the top. This is the same place where you can change your Riot ID as well.
One of the major updates about the transition from Summoner Names to Riot ID is about how often one may change their Riot ID for free. "Once we swap over to Riot ID, every player will receive a free name change every 365 days. If players want to change their names more often than that, there will be a fee attached, similar to the current Summoner Name system," noted Riot.
After 20th November, there will be one free name change and after this, if players want to purchase an additional name change, they will be able to do so on the accounts page. However, this will set you back approximately $10 USD in in-game currency.