Riot Games will disable all Riot-created pro player accounts created after January 7. Instead, the game developer will hand out fresh accounts.
Riot Games will disable all Riot-created pro player accounts after January 7, 2021, the company announced today. These accounts received boosted MMR numbers helping them reach the top of the ladder despite playing much fewer games.
Mark “Scruffy” Yetter, League of Legends gameplay design director, announced Riot Games will disable all Riot-created pro player accounts. These accounts gave professional League of Legend players an unfair advantage in the matchmaking ladder. The game developer will provide the players with fresh accounts, with adjusted base MMRs to maintain the competitive integrity of the League of Legends ladder.
What Was the Advantage for Pro Players?
Riot-created accounts received an inflaetd MMR boost in the matchmaking ladder. Pro players were able to quickly climb the ladder with a significantly fewer number of games compared to other players. Riot Games’ actions would remove this unfair advantage.
The pro accounts created this season after January 7th maintained the previous system’s gains and losses. League of Legends fans were quick to notice the discrepancy in the MMR gains and losses for Riot-created accounts.
Riot Games will provide players with fresh accounts after disabling their previous accounts that had been created after January 7, 2021.
We're disabling all Riot-created pro player accounts created after January 7th, 2021 to address unintended differences in LP gains/losses which resulted in an unfair advantage over non-pros in reaching the top of the ranked ladder. These accounts will decay out of the ladder over the next few weeks. Pro accounts created before Jan 7 are unaffected. Pros will be given replacement accounts with fixes made to the starting MMR. This update has already begun and may take a few days to complete.
The accounts would slowly decay out of the ladder while pro players’ new accounts will have their base MMR adjusted to maintain the competitive integrity of the ladder.