Riot are increasing the cost of League of Legends’ in-game currency, RP, in the UK. The reason given for this price increase is that the pound has been performing poorly this past year, ever since the UK voted to leave the European Union.
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“Last June, the UK 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 explain in the announcement post. “This change meant that while UK players were spending the same number of pounds on RP as before, players elsewhere in the world were paying a lot more in comparison.”
Well, that fantasy is coming to an end. Just like prices have risen for electronics and other goods since the vote, Riot are being forced to bump RP. It’s increasing by a pretty significant 20%. The change will take effect on July 25 at 23:59 BST, so you have until then to stock up like you’re hoarding for an impending apocalypse.
Luckily, the cost of champions, skins, and other in-game goods won’t change, so it’s just the currency you buy all that good stuff with. Hoarding RP is a viable tactic, then.
“We also realised that these price changes would make it harder for players to acquire certain items without buying way more RP than they needed,” Riot say. “For example, the Lightbringer Riven and Dawnbringer Yasuo legendary skins cost 1820 RP. Prior to the price adjustment, a player could acquire 2075 RP for £10, but after 25th July the only viable option would be to spend £20 for 4200 RP.”
Because fewer than 4% of players bought the £2.50 RP tier, Riot are retiring that price point altogether, instead introducing a new one at £15. You can see the new pricing tiers on the Riot post.