League of Legends Developer Closing Public Chat Rooms

Riot Games has revealed that it will be closing down League of Legends’ public chat rooms.

The studio unveiled the move yesterday in an announcement where it explained that it would be shuttering the popular MOBA’s public chat rooms in response to the “negative experiences” that an influx of “RP sellers, scammers and Elo-Boostspan” have created. According to the company, pulling down the public rooms will just be the prelude to an eventual completel replacement of the public chat system overall.

“Long term we’re exploring and working on major and minor improvements to chat and chat rooms aimed at enhancing usability and adding new functionality,” said Riot. “In their current shape they just don’t work and can actively create negative experiences for many players (especially new players).”

Riot would go on to describe its intention to replace the existing public rooms with new “community” options that would allow players to create “hangouts” where they and their friends come create special groups to celebrate specific interests.

“Players could build a community for junglers, a mentoring group, a champion theory-crafting channel, or casual ARAM or Team Ranked LFGs,” explained the studio. “Some great communities like these already exist in League but it’s not easy to manage them well.”

The development of these new “social spaces” will, in turn, focus on providing a “solid set of tools that empowers players and Riot to create, own and manage all kinds of different social environments.”

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