League of Legends: Wild Rift has launched a regional open beta for select markets, including the Philippines. We’ve been playing it, and, so far, we think LoL for mobile is everything we expected and more. Moonton, the China-based game developer of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, has every reason to be worried.
Understandably, a lot of people want to play Wild Rift, including players who are not part of any region where the open beta is currently live. A known workaround is to use a VPN or virtual private network to play the game from anywhere in the world. Of course, League of Legends publisher Riot Games is aware of this and allowed players to use a VPN to access Wild Rift.
Until today, that is. Riot Games has announced that it will block certain VPN services outside open-beta regions effective immediately. In particular, the company will ban VPN access “from the highest volume VPN services.” The list of banned VPN apps hasn’t been announced yet, but we’ll be sure to update this article once we have more information. If you’re using one of the popular VPN providers, such as ExpressVPN and NordVPN, chances are you’re invited to the block party. Heh.
Riot says it will be evaluating “whether additional VPN services need to be added to the list.” Or it may decide to change its policy if fewer players play the game, but that’s highly unlikely even down the road. However, if you live in a country or region where the trial is taking place, you’ll still be able to play League of Legends: Wild Rift with a VPN.
We're making some access changes for players using high-volume VPN services to access Wild Rift:— League of Legends: Wild Rift (@wildrift) November 6, 2020
Riot Games announces changes related to VPN services to access League of Legends: Wild Rift
So why the ban, you ask? According to the developers, it has everything to do with beta players enjoying Wild Rift the way it was intended to be played. In short, think less lag and lower pings caused by VPN providers, especially the bad ones — and there are many out there.
It may seem harsh, but this is the only way of bringing the best possible experience to beta testers who are investing time (and sometimes money) in a game that isn’t officially out yet in its full form.
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