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(UTC +8 // SEA)
|Account Linking Begins||11/18|
|Riot Server Launch||1/6|
|New Ranked Season||1/12|
If you haven't already heard the news, League of Legends (League) and Teamfight Tactics (TFT) will now be published by Riot Games in Southeast Asia!
As part of the transition, we're launching new Riot Games League and TFT servers for you all to join once Garena's servers cease operations on January 6th, 2023 (UTC+8). These new Riot-hosted servers will not only enable you to get support directly from us in Riot Games supported languages, but will also open the door to the same in-game events and cross-franchise campaigns already available in the rest of the world. Welcome to the party!
But as hyped as we are to greet you with a suite of welcome events and rewards, we're sure you have some questions about what this means for your existing League/TFT accounts and your experience in those games going forward. Including…
How do I keep my Garena League/TFT account progress and content?
Great question! But before we get too deep, let's cover two key terms you're going to see a lot of:
Account Linking - Connecting your Garena League/TFT Account to your Riot Account. We've made a guide to help lead you through the account-linking process, but this step must be completed if you want to participate in the data migration process.
Data Migration - The actual transfer of the League/TFT game data from your Garena Account to your Riot Account. Curious what happens to duplicate content, or which account is prioritized? Check out our Migration Guide!
As you might've guessed, the first step to preserving your hard-earned League content is to link your Garena League/TFT Account to a Riot Account. After that, you'll be able to sit back and wait for the data migration, assured that your progress and purchases will continue to track—at least up until the progression freeze, which we cover below!
Following the progression freeze, Garena's League/TFT servers will shut down for good—but don't worry if you're late to the party! You'll still be able to link and migrate your Garena League/TFT data even after the Garena servers are no longer active, setting the stage for you to continue your gaming journey with us at Riot (which includes a fresh start with the 2023 Ranked season!).
Now, let's take a look at the timeline.
The Rift wasn't coded in a day, and neither was the framework for this transition. That's why we're giving you several weeks to make the preparations needed for a smooth hand-off.
November 18th, 2022, 10am (UTC+8) -
Account Linking Begins
Where to play League/TFT in SEA: Garena Client
What's happening: Account Linking has begun!
Starting this November 18th, 2022, you'll be able to start linking your Garena League/TFT Account(s) to your Riot Account(s). However, you'll still only be able to play both games on the Garena Client while we are doing the finishing touches for our League Riot Client. Don't have a Riot Account yet? Don't sweat it! You can make one at any time.
For a step-by-step guide on linking, hop onto our SEA Account Linking FAQ. If you're curious about exactly how certain duplicate or differing items/progress will be handled, check out our Migration Guide.
If you're keen on interrupting your playtime as little as possible, we recommend linking your accounts as soon as you can. But don't worry if you simply cannot find the time, as account linking will continue after the migration.
January 4th–5th, 2023 (UTC+8) -
Where to play League/TFT in SEA: Garena Client (PROGRESS NOT TRACKED)
What's happening: SEA Garena League server progression/content will NOT BE TRACKED and the Store will be shut down while we prepare for the migration.
We repeat: NO ACCOUNT PROGRESS WILL BE TRACKED AND THE STORE WILL BE CLOSED DURING THIS PERIOD!
Seriously, A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G that you do with your account during this time—whether it's climbing through ranked or unlocking steps on an event pass—will NOT be tracked and won't come with you to Riot's servers.
We realize this is a heckuva long time, but consider this progression freeze the cost of ensuring the transfer of years of play time.
If you wish to say your last goodbyes to the Garena client, this will be your last opportunity.
January 6th, 2023 (UTC+8) -
Riot SEA Servers Live
Where to play League/TFT in SEA: 🎉Riot Client🎉
What's happening: From here on out, all SEA League players will be playing on Riot Client!
This will mark the first of many days we hope you'll join us on the Riot Client.
Your account migration will become official the first time that you log into League through Riot Client. In fact, Riot Client will be your one-stop shop for League, TFT, VALORANT, and LoR going forward. You can even link your account there, and will still be able to link your accounts in-client and on League Link following the migration.
It's the dawn of a brand new day!
As a quick note: Your Monsters Attack! TFT season rank will join you in the transfer, so you'll be able to leap back into the Convergence without missing a step.
January 12th, 2023 (UTC+8) -
2023 Ranked Season
Where to play League/TFT in SEA: Riot Client
What's happening: A new ranked season begins with patch 13.1, along with the ranked reset and re-calibration.
This is when your new League Ranked season will start, and also marks the first day that you'll be able to play League Ranked on our servers! You'll have to play a few games to complete your start-of-season placements, but once that's done, it'll be business as usual.
Non-SEA League or TFT Data Updates
When account linking was first enabled, many players ran into the error shown above. Some never completed linking as a result, while others linked to an account they would have preferred not to. We've since created a few ways for all players to either continue their linking journey with the correct Riot Account or have a post-migration plan.
Riot/Garena Account Unlinking No Longer Available
Account unlinking has been removed as of until January 4th, 2023 (UTC+8).
All non-SEA Riot Accounts can transfer to the SEA servers for just 1 Blue Essence shortly after the Riot League SEA servers go live. We recommend this option if you live in SEA but have a non-SEA Riot Account with League/TFT progress or content you would like to preserve. After your Riot Account has been transferred to SEA, you will have the option of continuing to play that account as-is locally or linking it to your Garena League Account. But remember—if you choose the latter option, some of your data/progress may be overwritten/combined per our Migration Guide. For more information about this transfer, check the bottom of our Account Linking Guide.
Link NOW, But Delete Riot Account League/TFT Data
If the Non-SEA Riot Games League/TFT Account you're attempting to link has League/TFT data you don't care about, you can link to your Garena Account immediately by selecting Clear This Riot Account's Data while linking on League Link. But be forewarned: this will permanently delete your linked Riot Account's League/TFT Data, and cannot be reversed. Do not choose this option unless you are absolutely sure you don't need/want to preserve your Riot Account League/TFT Data and are okay with keeping only your Garena Account League/TFT Data.
If you don't mind having your Riot Games progress live across two or more different accounts, you can create a new Riot Account to receive your Garena progress.
Account Linking FAQs
Cosmetic Content: Don't worry, your skins are safe! All cosmetic content will be transferred. If you already have a certain skin on both accounts, we'll provide you with a loot reward equivalent to the value of your cosmetic content. You'll keep your skins, plus something extra!
Loot Inventory: All loot items and essence balances will be transferred and added to any existing loot inventory if you already have a Riot Account.
RP: All RP purchases will be added to the Riot Account. If you have already made RP purchases on your Riot Account, your final RP balance will reflect the sum of your Garena and Riot RP purchases.
Champion Mastery, Eternals, Level: You'll still be able to carry your team with your favorite mains! Your personal champions' specific stats will carry over in the transfer as well.
Summoner Name: We know how important it is to keep your in-game identity. That's why your summoner name will be retained if you have played at least one game of either League or TFT in 2021 or 2022.
Friend List: You won't have to leave your team behind! We'll be transferring your friend list to your Riot Account. Just note that your list may not appear complete at the beginning if your friends have not transferred their accounts, but their names will be added as they claim their accounts.
Find out more here: League Content Migration Guide
Well for starters, you'll get to keep playing League with all your hard-earned progress intact!
Beyond that, you'll be taken under the Riot umbrella, which includes access to our player support and its fully localized resources. You'll also be greeted with a suite of welcome events and rewards, not to mention being included in other cross-franchise events already enjoyed by the rest of the world.
Our focus in building the new SEA servers was to reduce server performance related lag spikes that often impact players, and less about addressing latency. That said, initial latencies should fall well within competitive expectations for a majority of our players, and we anticipate we’ll be working on improving latency issues in the early months of 2023. Server performance aside, the patching technology we’re introducing with this transition will increase client stability, so you can expect a more well-rounded experience in most aspects. We can't wait to keep raising the bar for y'all!
In order to provide optimal latency and fewer language barriers, we've set up local Riot Games servers that match the existing Garena shard structure as outlined below.
|Region||Riot LoL/TFT Server|
Short answer: Unfortunately not.
Long answer: To ensure all players enjoy the benefits of the Riot-published gameplay experience, we're bringing all SEA players to new servers that operate under different monetization. Because of that, Garena Shells cannot be converted into Riot Points. However! You can still use Garena Shells on other Garena games, and you will also have the opportunity to continue spending them on your current Garena League/TFT account up to the progression freeze. Anything you purchase before then will be transferred to your Riot Account once the migration is complete.
Yes. To ensure a smooth migration, certain features will be disabled prior to the migration before resuming on the Riot servers on January 6th.
Starting December 30th, UTC+8, RP will not be available for purchase.
Starting January 4th, UTC+8, the following features will be disabled until the Riot servers go live:
- The Store and other purchases
- Loot tab and other loot crafting
- Star Shard crafting
- TFT Ranked Queue
- Eternals progress
- Challenge progress
- Champion Mastery progress
In order to make the progression freeze a little less frigid, we're making all champions free-to-play on the Garena League/TFT servers starting January 4th until Riot's SEA servers go online.