Dear Riot, and Fellow summoners,
I am writing to you today to request support for the removal of Adobe AIR from the PVP.net client. There have been MANY complaints, groans, and all around problems within the last few months with it, and this would be something that Riot and the community could write off if it was an isolated incident, but it is not. Adobe AIR has been a constant pain for many summoners, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
Why now? Well, there are some recent developments that would make this an ideal time to make the switch. One of the most notable is that you already have to make changes due to the adoption and pains of Windows8, but not to be over looked is the recent push from developers like Valve to work towards adopting Linux as a legitimate OS. Many of your competitors will soon either be capable of running on Linux natively, or through Wine. And then there is Mac, which could likely run LoL if it were not for one big hurdle.
So what keeps people from being able to enjoy LoL while running other operating systems? Adobe AIR. It is not only a major hurdle, it seems to be the ONLY problem that seems to consistently block any attempt to enjoy LoL on another OS.
While I enjoy LoL on a Windows7 machine, I would appreciate the ability to run it in Linux, but that is not what prompted me to write this request. In the same evening that I am writing this, I experienced what has become a long running problem: When I finish a game, it takes approximately 3-5 minutes for the game to exit and PVP.net to load the end of game results and then a popup talking about deleting task log comes up. What causes this hang? The same thing that also seems to cause it to hank when switching from PVP.net to the game client: Adobe AIR. It isn’t game breaking; it is simply an annoyance that has not been corrected by any “improvements” in the last year since it started. My computer now boots faster than Adobe AIR lets me exit a game.
If you are a summoner, and also would like Riot to abandon Adobe AIR: Please like this post, and respond with support.
If you are a Riot employee: Please work to end the use of Adobe AIR.
-A guy who used to talk to some of you Riot staffers on AIM and Bnet regularly, and former member of MaP