You won’t have to pay for your Riot ID change any longer after the implementation of updated policies by Riot Games.
Game specific names are set to be abolished by Riot Games. They announced that Summoner Names are no more as of November 20, 2023. Everything transfers over to a singular Riot ID. Originally, they were going to charge for an ID change, but have no rolled back those plans to remove the cost.
The original plan
Riot Games decided to remove the Summoner Name from League of Legends. The reason is that choosing a specific LOL or TFT name typically takes several minutes and rejected attempts before landing on one that is available.
This prompted the shift towards a universal Riot ID between these games and the likes of VALORANT, Legends of Runeterra, and Wild Rift. Then came the constant ID changes every 30 days from some players. That was never the intention.
Originally, Riot Games announced that their changes would allow players to alter their in-game name every 365 days. It would also cost you $10. Their players weren't happy to hear this and delivered backlash which initiated a change.
Riot ID rework
Fans have deemed the new Riot ID system acceptable just moments after its reveal. It is vastly different than the original plans put into place. They removed the cost and the amount of time between changes has drastically decreased.
You won't have to open your wallet to update your Riot ID. You will have to wait 90 days, however. That's much less than the 365 first put forth. Riot Games states further updates to the policy could be on the way, depending on how these changes work out and are received.
Riot has also addressed name uniqueness and impersonation concerns in a blog post revealing the policy tweaks. They touch on additions and updates made to ensure there is no confusion within a game on who is who.
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