More and more companies are deciding to stop supporting Windows XP and Vista systems. Last year, we’ve seen Blizzard, Avast and Mozilla do it, and on January 1 Valve will do so with Steam. The giants are now joined by Riot Games studio. According to an official announcement by the company, from 2019 the studio’s hit MOBA game, League of Legends, will no longer work with OSs older than Windows 7.
The last League of Legends patch to support Windows XP and Vista, will be released on April 30, 2019. The next one, scheduled for May 14, will officially ignore these systems. Representatives of Riot Games recommend that in the meantime, people still using the old systems should switch to any of the newer OS - Windows 7, 8 or 10. Luckily, there are not many such players. As we can read in the announcement, their number has fallen dramatically in recent years. Currently, they make up about 1% of the whole community, and the developers predict there may be even less of them in the next year. This is also the main reason for the decision to stop supporting Vista and XP.
It's getting harder every day for us to maintain a secure League of Legends experience for the very small number of League players still using XP, requiring a disproportionate investment from our engineering teams.
It's rather hard to consider Riot Games' decision to stop supporting Windows XP and Vista in League of Legends in terms of error. Even Microsoft ended support for both systems a long time ago (in 2014 and 2017 respectively). It's only a matter of time until they disappear completely into the depths of computer history, like Windows 95 or 98. Only sentiment will remain. After all, a lot of people experienced their best moments as players on Windows XP, which used to be the most popular operating system in the world.
- Riot Games official website
- League of Legends official website
- League of Legends game guide