League of Legends: Wild Rift: Riot Games blocks VPN access

Those outside of the supported beta regions will no longer be able to access League of Legends: Wild Rift from the highest VPN services.

Due to overwhelming VPN logins causing various issues for the League of Legends: Wild Rift, Riot Games has made a move to “prevent VPN access from the highest volume VPN services outside the beta regions.” The change is effective immediately, preventing access to the beta for many outside of the regions where it’s actually supported. And, well, it sucks, but it’s understandable.

Riot noted a range of problems caused by VPN logins, including inconveniences like language barriers to game-breaking problems like unplayable lag spikes. Even Riot admits the change in policy sucks, but they feel this is the right move at this point in time. And as much as I hate it, I have to agree.

It kills us to turn off access to anyone, but we think this is the right move to make sure players in the beta can enjoy Wild Rift the way it was intended to be played.

Riot didn’t specifically say which countries are blocked, but they did start with the ones with the highest volume VPN services. Others could be added to the list. It’s possible — but I think unlikely — that they will revert this policy should things calm down.

The open beta for League of Legends: Wild Rift kicked off in late October but only in specific regions: Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. The plan is to expand to Europe, Oceana, Vietnam and Taiwan markets in December before making its way to the Americas in Spring 2021.

Obviously, Wild Rift is one of the most anticipated games, so naturally players looked for ways to get into the beta if they are outside the supported regions. I supposed we contributed to this problem by actually writing a guide on how to access the game on iOS in the United States. Unfortunately, that probably won’t work anymore.

We’re working to get Wild Rift available worldwide as quickly as possible but we don’t have anything more to share on timing yet. Believe us that we hate cutting off access to anyone, but we think this is the right move to provide the best experience to the largest number of players.

There’s no actual release date for League of Legends: Wild Rift but it seems like we’ll be waiting at least a few more months. Ultimately, if this change in policy helps speed things along smoothly, then I’m all for it because I can’t wait to jump into this game.