League of Legends

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League of Legends
League of Legends cover
Riot Games
Release dates
Windows October 27, 2009
macOS (OS X) March 1, 2013
Metacritic 78
Monetization Free-to-play
Microtransactions Boost, Cosmetic, Currency, Infinite spend, Free-to-grind, Loot box, Unlock
Modes Multiplayer
Genres Action, Strategy
Series League of Legends
League of Legends on IGDB
League of Legends guide on StrategyWiki
League of Legends on MobyGames
League of Legends on Wikipedia
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Key points

Initially known as League of Legends: Clash of Fates.

General information

Official Support
Official Forums (North America)
Unofficial Wiki
Unofficial Subreddit


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Global version only.
Official website Global version.
macOS (OS X)
Publisher website China version.
Publisher website Southeast Asia version.
Steam (unavailable)
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CD key
Global version requires a region-bound League of Legends account.[1] Transfers between specific regions are available for purchase.[2]
China version requires a QQ account.
Southeast Asia version requires a Garena account.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Config[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>\Config
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/20590/pfx/[Note 2]
All in-game settings[3] and keybindings[4] are account-bound and stored in the cloud.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Available, but has issues.[7][8]
Field of view (FOV)
There are tools to alter your FOV but they are strictly against Riots ToS for third party applications. Riot does actively ban players for using these tools.[9]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Uses FXAA.[10]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
25, 30, 60, 80, 120, 144, 200, 240 (used by default) and Uncapped FPS limiter. No refresh rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Deuteranopia (red-green colorblindness) only.[11]


Logitech GamePanel[edit]

Information such as total gold, minions killed, nautrals killed, wards placed, Gold/Min, CS/Min, KDA ratio, wards killed can be displayed on the LCD panel or smartphone application[12].
Display Notes
Arx Control application
G19 color screen Native support. Displays global info and champion's statistics.
G15 monochrome screen Native support. Displays global info and champion's statistics.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Supported languages will vary from region to region. See Riot Games' support article for details.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
North America, EU West, EU Nordic and East, Oceania
Brazilian Portuguese
Simplified Chinese
EU Nordic and East
EU West
EU West
EU Nordic and East
EU Nordic and East
EU West
South Korea
EU Nordic and East
EU Nordic and East
Spanish (Spain) for EU West.
Latin American Spanish
Spanish (Latin America) for Latin America(s).


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
10 Versus, Co-op
5v5. Custom lobbies available for 1-10 players.
Special events may provide unique game modes and team sizes (1v1, 2v2, 6v6).

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Ranked mode unlocked at level 30, with 20 (5v5).[13]
Direct IP
Only available for tournaments. Uses a pre-generated code instead of an IP address.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[14]
TCP 80, 443, 2099, 5222-5223, 8088, 8393-8400
UDP 5000-5500, 8088
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues fixed[edit]

League of Legends Help Center[edit]

Expansive official knowledge base covering everything from client & patcher issues, to in-game or login issues, and much more.
Constantly sees updates on a daily basis as the official support team adds or maintains the support articles.
Troubleshoot the issue according to Riot Games Support's League of Legends Help Center[15]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Windows only. D3D9 is used if it is not supported by the machine.[17]
OpenGL 1.5 OS X only.[17]
Shader Model support 2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Following the release of the April 2019 (patch 9.7) update.[16]


Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise


Hextech Repair Tool[edit]

Official automated troubleshooting tool able to fix issues related to corrupt game data, connection problems, and firewall issues.
Capable of automatically submitting a ticket to Riot Support if the tool wasn't able to fix the issue experienced.
Supports both Windows and OS X.

Lag Report[edit]

Official tool for testing the network connection to the game servers of a region.
Browser-based, no download or install required.
Provides a comparison report for ISPs in the user's location.

Network Log Reader[edit]

Official tool for diagnosing network logs and find the cause of connection issues experienced during play.
Browser-based, no download or install required.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3[18])
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista and newer)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2.0 support
Other Screen resolutions up to 1920x1200
Official system requirements
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600
Other Screen resolutions up to 1920x1200
Official system requirements


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/20590/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (20590) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Separate Servers - Riot Games Support - last accessed on 2017-10-01
    "An account created for a particular server will not be able to log into the website or the version of client made for the other servers."
  2. Account Transfer FAQ - Riot Games Support - last accessed on 2017-10-01
  3. Patch 5.22 notes - League of Legends - last accessed on 2017-10-01
    "All in-game settings [...] are now saved server-side per account, rather than on individual computers."
  4. Hotkeys (Keybindings) FAQ - Riot Games Support - last accessed on 2017-10-01
    "they are account-bound and saved on our servers"
  5. TIL if you play League on a bigger monitor, it doesn't stretch the game, it just adds more vision - League of Legends Subreddit - last accessed on 2017-09-29
  6. League Of Legends 21:9 Review - YouTube - last accessed on 2017-09-29
  7. League in 4k is unplayable, here is why - League of Legends Subreddit - last accessed on 2017-09-29
  8. LoL in 4K Resolution? - League of Legends NA Forums - last accessed on 2017-09-29
  9. https://support.riotgames.com/hc/en-us/articles/225266848-Third-Party-Applications
  10. A Trip Down The LoL Graphics Pipeline - Riot Games Engineering - last accessed on 2017-10-02
    "For League, we use the Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing (FXAA) algorithm."
  11. Colorblind Mode - Riot Games Support - last accessed on 2017-09-29
    "We have implemented a mode for players that are affected by deuteranopia (red-green colorblindness) so they can better distinguish between friendly and enemy health bars as well as spell effects during gameplay."
  12. League of Legend´s G19 Applet -release- Thresh Patch(17.01.2013)
  13. Unlocking Game Modes - Riot Games Support - last accessed on 2017-12-30
    "Ranked Solo/Duo and Ranked Flex queues for 5v5 Summoner's Rift will open at level 30 and when you acquire at least 20 champions. Ranked Flex will open at level 30, once you acquire at least 12 champions."
  14. League of Legends Support: - Port Forwarding - last accessed on 2021-01-25
  15. Verified by User:Aemony on 2017-09-30
  16. League of Legends - The Mac Client is Updating to 64-bit - last accessed on 2019-04-01
  17. 17.0 17.1 A Trip Down The LoL Graphics Pipeline - Riot Games Engineering - last accessed on 2017-09-29
    "There are over ten million games per month played on Windows XP, so to maintain backwards compatibility we have to support DirectX 9 and can only use the features it provides. We use a comparable featureset from OpenGL 1.5 on OS X machines as well"
  18. Dropping Support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Riot Games Support - last accessed on 2017-09-30
    "Service Pack 2 is no longer compatible with the latest security protocols. This isn’t a change to League itself, but a required security update to the connection between players and our servers. The only versions of Windows compatible with the latest protocols are XP Service Pack 3 and above for 32-bit, and Vista and above for 64-bit."