League of Legends: how to create your Riot account

League of Legends. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.
League of Legends. Photo courtesy of Riot Games. /
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If you’re confused about the new login process for League of Legends, here is everything you need to know to create a new Riot account.

There’s been a ton of hubbub on Twitter the past few days as popular League of Legends players, streamers, and media figures are noticing that they are required to go through a new, additional step before logging into their account. Players are confused by the requirement to create a new, unique login name, why their name is considered taken, and what any of this means. So here’s what the new Riot account does and how to create one!

What is a Riot account?

Normally, players would sign into League of Legends with their regular, League account. This may or may not be the same as the player’s in-game user name, but it is the account name given by players way back when they first made an account.

With the announcements during League 10 that Riot will be adding a suite of new games to their repertoire (the Wild Rift and Legends of Runeterra being the next games to join League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics), Riot is simply creating a one-stop login for players to access all these games. Think of the Riot account as being the equivalent of a Battlenet or Epic Games account.

How is it different from my old account?

One major difference is that, unlike your old League of Legends account, the new Riot accounts are not region-locked, meaning you can use the same account to play in your home region regardless of where you are logging in. Where the issue is, though, is that these user names need to be unique. That means that if you have an existing user name on, say, a PBE account, you may need to create a new Riot account name that is unique.

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So what do I do?

Go to the Riot account update page to find a new, unique user name for your Riot account. You’ll have until January 22 to create this new account. At that time, you’ll no longer be able to log in with your old League of Legends account to play, so hurry up and claim your user name today!