If you’re accepted into the alpha, we’ll send you a notification in the existing client and an email through your verified email address.
Acceptance notifications will be sent out in waves as it’s important to maintain test stability—we’ll get more players in as soon as we can.
We want players from all over the world. Alpha access is limited to level 30 players (at least to start) with no history of negative in-game behavior. All gaming rigs are welcome, although since the client won't be perfectly optimized at the alpha’s start, players with lower-spec machines won't be prioritized early on. We'll work to get more machines in as we optimize the client.
Yes. When you’re in the alpha client, you’re connected to the same live server you normally play with friends on. That means you'll still be able to play and chat with friends who aren't in the alpha.
We’re still building the updated client, and some features aren’t yet ready for primetime. We’re involving you early in the process so the team can iterate with your feedback in mind. We’re also going with a “current focus area” approach so you have dedicated time to share your thoughts on specific features and functions before we introduce the next area to test. All features from the existing client will be available by the time the updated client is ready for open beta.
When a focus area hits the alpha, we’ll blog about the release and talk about why we made certain decisions. We'll ask you to center your testing and feedback on the current focus area, then we’ll share changelogs and blogs that let you know how you helped.
There are a couple different ways you can do this from the alpha homepage in the client:
We’ve got a couple of ways to send us your reports:
We’ll never stop looking at feedback, but the team will be most focused on the current focus area.
An exact date is hard to pin down. We’ll go to beta when we’ve implemented all its features and can ensure that it’s a totally stable build.
Yep. Once version 1.0 is ready to enter open beta, the legacy client (with all its baggage) will be replaced.
Not immediately. The team’s committed to resolving pain points and bugs players have with the legacy client. For now, we’re focused on quality-of-life improvements.
Nope! The updated client is being built from the ground up in a flexible tech framework based on HTML5. This allows for a more effective process for Riot’s teams when it comes to developing, shipping, and supporting features.
The alpha version of the client might be a little rough, but by the start of the open beta it should be more memory efficient than the legacy client. You won't need to upgrade your PC or Mac when the update launches to live.
Negatory. This alpha is focused on updating the client. As such, there won’t be any changes to gameplay.
You sure can. There’s no embargo on any part of the alpha, so you’re welcome to talk about it, share screenshots of it, or stream while using it.
Most definitely. When you’re in the alpha client, you’re connected to the same live server you normally play and chat with friends on. Not all game modes are currently available, but for those that are, you can queue up with friends who are using the existing client.
We’ve set up a support page that you can check out here.