Riot who is currently facing 400 million lawsuit have just announced that they will are be closing League of Legends forums next week. The game company said, that the popularity of the platform had decreased significantly. They further said that players are moving to other communities like Reddit and Discord.
“Starting March 9, 2020, we’ll be closing down the League of Legends Boards,” Riot said in the announcement. “We know some of you use them regularly, so we didn’t arrive at this decision lightly. However, after looking at how many of you were using Boards, it became clear that the popularity of the platform had decreased significantly. Both players and Rioters have migrated to other community discussion platforms such as Reddit and Discord, leaving Boards underpopulated.”
“We want to give a huge shout-out to our volunteer moderators! Over time we saw a volunteer moderation program emerge for those who were passionate enough to support players in their local regions. They put a huge amount of work into hosting community events such as cosplay and fan-art contests. They were ever-present on Boards to talk with players and assist them. To the volunteers who have spent the past decade moderating and helping the community on Boards, we cannot thank you enough!”
Riot will also give users a chance to save all required posts. They can take screenshots of their favorite moments, add friends to a different platform, and download guides. Riot will make the forum Read-only on March 9. A week after, the whole thing will go offline, and most likely to be deleted.
Reddit & Discord are the most popular places to communicate and discuss things. Traditional forums are not popular anymore. This can be said for specific games though because we have seen how popular CSGO, Rockstar, and PUBG forums are. These forums are often used to report players, discuss an issue, see announcements, and explore guides. It is pretty sad to see League of Legends forums being disabled in such fashion.
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