Riot Games Deactivating League of Legends Skin Codes to Fight Scammers

After third-party sites sell skins for as much as $1,000, Riot puts its foot down.

League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced that it’s deactivating all previously issued skin codes in order to minimize third-party sites where players have been scammed.

League of Legends is a free-to-play game, and one of the way Riot monetizes it is by selling skins, which customize the color and appearance of the playable heroes.

The third-party sites in question promise players limited edition skins, but in reality the codes they’re selling are acquired illegitimately and exploit players.

“They charge excessive prices (we found one skin for over $1,000!) and sometimes take payment and never provide the content,” Riot said in a post to the game’s official forums. “You can’t predict the outcome, and no purchase is ever guaranteed regardless of what the seller says. To make matters worse these services typically use bots. Bots are lame to play with and chew up additional server bandwidth, negatively impacting everyone.“

In addition to deactivating skin codes, Riot said it’s recommending to multiple payment processors to not process fraudulent payments from these sites.

If you have a legitimate skin code, you have until July 23 to send a request to Player Support along with proof of ownership and Riot will redeem the code for you. Riot will not retroactively remove content redeemed prior to its announcement, but after that deadline it will no longer redeem codes for any reason.

You can find more information on the issue on Riot’s code cards FAQ.

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Stiler
Stiler

Hmm, guess the Pax skins are going to be even more limited now.


Wonder what the least used skin is? King Rammus, Urf warwick, UFO corki, those you can't get at all anymore.

hitomo
hitomo

people still play this crap ?

Dark_Wr4ith
Dark_Wr4ith

I guess Riot was getting tired of people whining about bad purchases they made.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

Anybody dumb enough to buy skins or other micro-transaction type stuff from a THIRD PARTY deserve to be scammed.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

RIOT Ganes: Don't worry guys, your virginity is safe with us !


(btw just kidding am a fan of LOL)

sortajan
sortajan

Why is this Riot's problem?

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

it's really too bad somebody didn't have the brains to figure out that questionable sites ran by someone who's of probably asian descent is a bad place to buy ANYTHING.

Daveof89
Daveof89

Who in their right mind spends $1k on a skin? I mean, shoot... I think the legendary skins are too expensive, but a THOUSAND bucks? 


There's a sucker born every minute..

demondogx
demondogx

Good
Does not matter what game it is, scammers should always be fought
Even if there are dumb ppl who cant handle money that does not mean we should let scammers profit without a care

tonytones21
tonytones21

1000$ for a damn skin? Yet people always complain about not having any money.

hastati4
hastati4

$1,000 for a skin.

#worth.

sirchick
sirchick

Bring back URF or have it as a optional game to play (with no IP gains) otherwise normal SR would be abandoned.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

Damn, disappointment. Thought is said they are killing of the game as well as gaming for profit.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

Riot is just mad that they don't get their share from those monies.

label07
label07

Well, make the limited edition skins buy-able for double what a regular skin costs Riot.... dumb you can't buy certain skins unless you were playing at a certain time (and/or logged in).

kezz12345678
kezz12345678

Protect morons against themselves.  So when is EA going to stop selling games since morons wont stop buying their crap?

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

It wasn't a game skin, it was foreskin.

Heartagram_03
Heartagram_03

And I thought spending $20 on a skin is ridiculous, I'd never buy any virtual object worth $1000.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

If someone is willing to pay $1000 for a skin or a pack of skins or anything DLC or microtransaction related they deserve to be scammed.

Vexov
Vexov

Sorry, Riot, but you created these monsters. Maybe you should just sell all your skins, increase the price. For legendary skins it could just triple in price.

casshern_z
casshern_z

Fools and their money are easily parted... It shouldn't be RIOT's job to prevent this, it's not like kids are spending these hundreds

mdign
mdign

aaaaaannnd.....                            Nobody cares.


Shocking!

Stiler
Stiler

@hitomo It's one of the most played games in the entire world, even more then World of Warcraft or DOTA 2.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@sortajan A big company looking out for the little people?  Is that wrong these days?

(Plus, it takes money out of their pockets, assuming these are not legitimate codes.)

DanGleeSack
DanGleeSack

@veryDERPY Wait.. those Jordans I got for $40 were fakes!?!?!? But americacheapshoefastly@china.scam promised me they were real...

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

@SkyAboveThePort Oh please. That makes no sense. Riot games, must make oodles of cash for all the things they charge people. They're "mad" because they can't make an extra $1k on something, they legally own?! That's like a billionaire who owns a successful fast food joint yet, & yet he's jealous of the people who work under him, flipping burgers, for minimum wage. It's like, WhAt?!?! 0.o

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@kezz12345678 Mirrors Edge, Mass Effect plus hundred more great games by EA. Also EA mostly publishes, if a dev makes s-hit game hate them.

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

@Dannystaples14 People can't do what they want with their money?


Sorry. I thought this was capitalism. You know, the one your country that you live in has.

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@Vexov Part of the business model of F2P games is to sell various things on a temporary basis. This creates a notion of scarcity and drives sales during the promotions when these items are sold. By limiting the sale of certain skins in League, for example, to certain times of the year or certain random promotions, they're driving interest for these skins since they're not as easily acquired as all the other skins that are sold year round.

It's business, meng.

Gen007
Gen007

@casshern_z Sadly it is or at least it's in their best intrest to because when these people get screwed over by these skin resellers guess who the victims complain to?

sortajan
sortajan

@Tigerbite2 @sortajan They're not looking out for the little people; they're looking out for people dumb enough to shell out hundreds of dollars on skins, and people naive enough to assume that everybody who's selling anything is honest.


It's financial Darwinism imo.