I want to start off by making this clear that this is not a rage post, but one attempting to seek out and find answers to a question that should not come up in the first place.
Why, Riot, do you think it is okay, both as a marketing strategy and as a strategy to make your players happy, to releases patches as fast as you do?
My internet connection is fine; I can play other games, my ping is great, and I can surf the web with no problem.
I have had no problems with League the past few days.
Now I log on, and I seem to be okay. I can't look at my match history, but... Maybe that's just a bug? So I guess I'll chat. Later on that goes away. Well, if that lasted for a while, I hope playing a game would be alright? I keep getting "unknown errors", but perhaps they won't affect that aspect?
In my naive happiness to enjoy one or two games, literally, before having to do college homework... Nope! I am forced to reconnect. As I do, I am underleveled. No worries, I can come back... And I do! I work with my jungler, and he gives me first blood! .... Then I get lag. My ping is fine. Then I cant do anything. Suddenly things work for a short while, just in time for him to gank again. After I get that kill... I get dc'd a few times, reconnect once, and after a short while I read "gg". Our Ashe was also having lag issues, so I was not the only one.
So tell me Riot. Why this is a smart idea? If you have any inclinations that this will happen to a number of your playerbase, why not hold off and fix this? Marketing wise, this makes more people willing to buy a bundle or a champion, because they are sure they will get to play it then and there. I remember once getting an (unrelated) "Ghost Game" when buying a new skin, and that alone made me uncomfortable enough to want a refund. When it comes to the emotions of your fanbase, if we already had to wait a bit, can't we wait a bit longer so that things will work?
Instead you have people like me. A college student struggling to enjoy a small portion of his day-- making sure even if a game went bad he'd enjoy it, were it for legitimate reasons. But don't worry, I can at least go to the website! That I have to refresh over and over to connect to.... On a browser I never use....
Tell me, tell us, tell the community, please, why you think that this is a smart marketing strategy and how this doesn't alienate some of your playerbase. I sure enjoyed looking at my silver border of my loading screen.... Too bad since I didn't connect when the others did that they couldn't. I felt special...
I'm curious to know. And I know this sounds smart-(in place of a worse word)-allecky, but I really want to know the actual answer.
Edit: To address a later post that I thought was a good one, in the original post:
Originally Posted by AD Bottom
You posted a ****ing hour ago. They rolled out what seems to be a large patch to many different servers all at the same time. I imagine they have tens of thousands of people downloading and clogging up the connection, along with many, many more playing the game or trying to log in. This was a very large problem in the early parts of S2 and apparently a lot of S1. They've gotten a lot better, but it's probably just bandwidth issues. Give it a few days to iron out and we should be back to normal.
This is actually a good point.
Perhaps there should be a more dedicated downtime, or if that wouldn't solve it, perhaps it should be dispersed?