Originally Posted by RiotRara
We've done extensive research and analyses on these rewards while putting together Refer-A-Friend 2.0.
In a survey we sent out to players, many noted that the highest level rewards were non-aspirational since they were far out of reach and only YouTube celebs or people who own large community sites could reach them.
Through our analyses we determined that only an extremely small number of players actually reached these rewards, so we wanted to revamp the program to cater to the vast majority of players as opposed to the few. We want to reward you for the friends you do have, which is why we included more rewards in the earlier tiers off Refer-A-Friend 2.0 while still offering substantial high-level rewards.
I hope that gives a little insight.
Thank you for your reply. It does offer insight into the decision, but does that mean these awards are officially off the table? I always found them interesting in a fantasy sort of way. Anyone can buy RP, but getting an in-game object named after you / designing a champion with Riot / getting all past and future content is completely unique. If only a handful of people reach the mark anyway, surely leaving them in wouldn't cause any harm?
I agree that they were impractical in the sense that I would never even hope to achieve 10,000 referrals, but they were always fascinating in a dreamy "that would be awesome" sort of way. Would it be possible to leave them as unofficial rewards in the sense that if someone did hit 5,000 / 10,000 referrals you would consider them?