You can thank Brexit for the rising cost of League of Legends Riot Points in the UK

League of Legends isn’t just a bafflingly popular game, but also a profitable one for its parent company Riot Games. Eight years after it first launched, fans are still happy to throw plenty of cash at the free-to-play MOBA, as they seek to have their various heroes and avatars stand out from the pack. Riot Points still bring in truckloads of cash specifically, as that in-game currency unlocks all manner of customisation options, champions and boosts to power up your character further.

Those points are going to cost a bit more in the UK soon. Ain’t that a riot?

Riot Games have announced a 20% mark-up for the currency, an increase that’ll be felt later on July 25 thanks to the cascading effects of Britain’s idiotic decision to leave the European Union last year during a referendum that proved that democracy really isn’t for the people. “Last June, the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, triggering a drop in the value of the pound relative to other global currencies, particularly the US dollar,” Riot’s Benshirro in a League of Legends forum post.

This change meant that while UK players were spending the same number of pounds on [Riot Points] as before, players elsewhere in the world were paying a lot more in comparison. The value of currencies goes up and down, so we wanted to leave it for a while to make sure the change was sticking. At this point it’s been more than a year and recent fluctuations have been fairly minimal, so we think the time is right to make a change.

We’ll be keeping the old RP prices in store until July 25th, and any RP purchased now will be unaffected by the price change. The cost of champions, skins and other items will not change after the RP price adjustment, so any RP you buy now at the lower price will still unlock the same amount of content next month as it does today.

UK players will now fork out five of their Pounds for 790 Riot Points, as opposed to the usual 975 points of a riotous nature. Dropping 35 of those Pounds on in-game currency will earn you 5950 RP instead of 7450 RP and so on and so on. This is just one example of the effects of Brexit, albeit a minor one when compared to the more dismal news that the UK game development industry now faces an uncertain future thanks to increased working costs and a negative investment environment caused by the unbelievably pig-headed decision to shoot the British economy in the foot with a rocket launcher.

Last Updated: July 6, 2017

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