Why Do Players Quit Playing League of Legends?
League of Legends is home to millions of players both old and new. Every year, Riot Games welcomes hundreds of new players into the fold. But at the same time, they also say goodbye to players who have played their last matches. All good things must come to an end, as the saying goes.
There are a number of things that could factor into players quitting League. Here are six of the most common reasons why players stop playing League, temporarily or otherwise.
This is the most obvious reason why players walk away from League: they simply don’t have enough time on their hands to regularly play League. There are a number of reasons for this. Like school commitments, work responsibilities, and relationships. Many players simply can no longer afford to get sidetracked by a game.
Matches usually last around 30-40 minutes or even longer. However, unlike other games, League demands your full attention throughout the entirety of the match. There are consequences if you leave your keyboard mid-game to attend to something you deem more important. Riot Games actually has rules in place to deal with players who go AFK for whatever reason. If you play League, you damn better have the luxury to spend time playing it uninterrupted.
Like all other online multiplayer games, League is best played with or against players whom you know personally or regularly hang out with – real-life friends, in other words. It makes the game less stressful and way more fun, even if you’re not doing well in the match. You and your buddies can experiment with stupid Champion builds and unorthodox roles just for fun. Or be as serious as esports players and play like something important is at stake. Like, you know, bragging rights.
It can be lonely if you’re the only one in your circle who plays League. For one, you don’t have anyone to talk to about the game. You might also be faced with the dilemma of constantly choosing between hanging out with IRL friends and staying at home to play League during your free time. Sure, you can make friends with other players you meet while playing. But having IRL friends who also play League is a different thing.
League is an online-only game. There’s no offline single-player campaign. Meaning, it requires a constant internet connection in order to run. To many, this may seem like a trivial issue. But for players living in countries where internet connection is both expensive and unreliable, it’s a significant issue.
We all know how bothersome it is to play online games with a shaky internet connection. Everyone’s affected when one player has a turtle-slow internet speed. There’s also the issue with PC specs. Not everyone rolls with a high-end gaming PC built to withstand even the biggest of updates that Riot Games loves to roll out. Some players give up playing League because their PC or internet connection simply don’t cut it anymore. It sucks, but that’s just the way it is.
An average League session goes like this: Players enter match queue. After the matchmaking process, which can last up to 30 minutes or more, players get to decide on the match specifics such as Champion bans and roles (for teammates). Matches are typically divided into three phases: early game, mid game, and late game. Some matches end in less than 30 minutes, while others go the extra mile.
During the match, players typically do repetitive tasks like farming, buying better equipment, trading blows against enemy Champions, and destroying turrets. The goal is to destroy the enemy nexus. In between all that, players deal with toxic players who clearly have issues. That’s it. Rinse and repeat the entire process for every other match. There’s no end-game scenario, no story to follow, no side-quests to attend to, and no final boss to dance with in a final showdown.
Now, imagine doing that over and over again for several years on a regular basis. Unless you have an undying love for League, you will likely become bored of its gameplay over time. Yes, Champion Skins and occasional new Champion releases like Rakan and Xayah add replay value and you can buy a Smurf account to start from scratch. But the core gameplay stays the same.
There are lots of must-play games today – most especially in the consoles department. The first four months of 2017 alone has already produced a good number of acclaimed games. There’s Nioh, Horizon Zero Dawn, and early Game of the Year favorite Persona 5 on PS4. And then there’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on newly released Nintendo Switch.
With great games all over the place across all gaming platforms, it can be difficult to stick to just one game these days if you’re an avid gamer. Some players who have been playing League for a long time would want to get a breath of fresh air and dive into other gaming experiences. Especially if they’re not exactly loaded with free time to extensively play multiple games at the same time.
League is notorious for having a toxic community. It’s a reputation it won’t likely shed anytime soon. The toxicity in League can seep in at any given moment. Champion selection phase, early game, late game – no stage is safe from the game’s toxicity. There are countless stories of players being forced to play with unpleasant teammates, who are more than willing to pull the trigger on a barrage of hate words and unnecessary insults and name-calling.
Many players quit simply because they’ve had enough of dealing with all the toxicity every time they play. Having to give up at least 30 minutes of your time to play nice with assholes is no fun at all. It will deprive you of enjoyment, which is the very essence of playing video games. If playing League no longer gets you pumped up or excited, then it’s a good sign that it’s probably time to walk away from the game.
May 24, 2017 admin
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