League of Legends

Riot introduces LoL Client Cleanup Campaign to finally “fix the client”

Published: 2/Mar/2020 23:42

by Andrew Amos


Riot has once again promised League of Legends players they are going to “fix the client” for good, introducing the Client Cleanup Campaign to help hit “two specific, long-term targets for client performance.”

The League client has been a massive issue for Riot over the course of the last few years. After rebuilding it from scratch, and initiating the Client Strike Team back in 2017, it’s only gotten worse as time wears on.

However, Riot are looking to finally stomp out the issues once and for all, and they’re making sure the players can hold them accountable.

The Client Cleanup Campaign for League will be a fully-transparent process over the next six months to make the launcher better for all users.

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The client rework back in Season 6 didn’t solve many issues, so Riot is starting from scratch in Season 10.

Revealed in a March 2 developer blog on the League website, communications lead Ryan ‘Cactopus’ Rigney broke down what players should expect over the course of Season 10.

“Over the next six months or so we’ll ship a number of changes and improvements to the League client’s backend infrastructure, he said.

“To track our process, we’ll be sharing specific targets for two main client performance metrics: client bootstrap time (how long it takes for the client to boot up) and champ select lock-in time.”

“In the process of improving these metrics, we’ll also be tackling things like bugs, crashes, etc. Put simply, our goal is to fix the client.”

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Champion lock-in times are currently eight times higher than Riot wants.

Riot has set themselves a target to get champion select lock-in response time down to 100ms for 90% of players, and client loading times down to 15 seconds for 90% of players. On top of that, they’ll be “systematically” fixing other bugs.

“Today it takes as long as 40 seconds for many of you to get through bootstrap,” he said. “Lots of things throughout the client like notifications, the friends list, and the collection tab are affected by the plugins and apps that start up during bootstrap.

“So although our stated long-term goal is to get bootstrap time down to 15 seconds for the 90th percentile player, we think that in the process we’ll also be addressing a bunch of bugs and inefficiencies that have an impact throughout the client.”

The changes for the client bootstrap will be coming first, with a complete overhaul of the champion select backend infrastructure on the way for later this year.

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Players should notice an improvement in the client’s performance from mid-2020.

“We’ll have to fundamentally change the way our champ select backend infrastructure works,” said Cactopus. “We’re going to rework how all data is passed through from server to client during champ select, which will take some time.”

While there’s a long way to go, League players should expect a better client experience by the end of Season 10.

“It’s unclear how close to good’ we’ll be when we finish this six-month process,” he said, “but when we get to the end of it, we think we’ll probably have made a ton of progress and discovered clear next steps.”


LS reveals how xQc reached out to him during T1 fans backlash

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:57

by Alex Garton


Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare has revealed that Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel reached out to him during the T1 backlash offering his support and advice.

T1’s accidental leak that revealed LS was set to be the organization’s new League of Legends coach resulted in a wave of backlash against both parties.

Fans of the organization opted to send unjustifiable racial and homophobic abuse towards LS, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending packages to her address. T1, from an outside perspective, did not handle the situation appropriately and seemingly offered little support to LS during this period.

This resulted in LS disabling his Twitter and going completely dark for a short period of time. This was no doubt due to the amount of hate and criticism he was receiving from T1 fans. One person who reached to support him was huge Twitch personality xQc.

xQc has over four million followers on Twitch.

xQc reached out to LS during T1 fans backlash

LS revealed on stream that the Twitch personality reached out to him in support. “Before I disabled my Twitter and went dark on everything, xQc was one of the very few people who reached out to me,” he said.

It was obvious LS was surprised he had reached out to him due to the streamer’s popularity: “Despite the fact that I’m like an insect compared to him, in terms of like brand and size and everything, it’s very nice.”

LS repeated multiple times that xQc is a “real one”, showing his appreciation for his support and care.

It’s clear that xQc reaching out to LS really meant a lot to him and helped him get through the difficult patch. Sometimes, just reaching out to somebody going through a hard time can make a world of difference.

Now, it’s just great to see LS back on track with the League of Legends content and streaming again.