Explaining the transition to Riot IDs from Summoner Names

On November 20, 2023, we will phase out the use of Summoner Names and transition all players exclusively to Riot IDs to create a more unified experience across all of our games. We realize there may be some mixed feelings regarding these changes, and whether you’ve been here for 14 years or 14 minutes, the names in the game are an important part of how you experience the game. Our goal is to make this change as seamless as possible and help you feel as connected to your Riot ID as you do to your Summoner Name.

Why is this happening?

Runeterra, League of Legends, and Summoner’s Rift lore has changed over the years. Initially, players were the Summoners who brought the original roster of heroes to the Rift. Eventually, this became limited by the world and the characters in it, so in 2014, the focus shifted to the heroes themselves, rather than powerful summoners.

The word Summoner still appears in a few places such as the odd voice line, the occasional reference, and most notably the name Rift. But when it comes to players, Summoner Name is out of sync with tradition and hasn’t been in sync for a while. This update is designed to better align with the existing League of Legends world, create more fluidity between all of our titles, and simplify the way names work from a technical perspective.

Do I need to do anything?

no. You do not need to take any action for this update. If you’ve played a Riot game before, you have a Riot ID. If you’re not sure your Riot ID, there are several ways to check:

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