For the most part, League of Legends is pretty easy going when it comes to monetisation. Riot Games only charges you for optional, cosmetic things (such as skins, wards and the new, colour-altering chroma packs) and while those things certainly don’t come cheap, like we said, they’re optional.
One thing that you absolutely can’t buy from Riot, no matter how much money you spend, is a victorious skin. Victorious skins are special skins that are given to players who have achieved Gold or higher in ranked and currently, there are only four of them in existence (Jarvan IV, Janna, Elise, and Morgana). So it’s perfectly understandable then, why the League of Legends community had a meltdown earlier this week, when it seemed like Riot would be putting victorious skins up for sale.
League of Legends Victorious Skins Not Up for Sale – Free Chroma Packs on the Way?
In a survey, which was shared online and swiftly criticised by angry League of Legends players, Riot asked how players would feel if they began to sell victorious skins to everyone. Given that they are so rare, they would probably expensive and so many players accused the company of only being out to make money. Fans on the official League of Legends forums and on reddit also argued that these types of skins should be earned not paid for – they don’t want their hard work to go to waste, which is fair.
Following the backlash, Riot Socrates released the following statement:
Hey all, last week we ran a survey where we asked players questions around how they would feel about adding chromas to victorious skins based on tier achievement and selling the non-chroma versions. I want to reassure everybody we aren’t going to sell the victorious skin. We may or may not do chromas for tiers, that’s still TBD.
This is a good opportunity to talk about why we run surveys like this. Pretty much everybody at Riot is an active league player. There are players of all skill levels and types (casuals, hardcore, etc). Sometimes, features or changes we should make are obvious. Sometimes there are issues we disagree about or feel are contentious enough that we should ask players about directly. Rather than building the wrong stuff, we just ask you guys directly. Surveys like this help ensure we’re making the right changes and moving the game in the right direction. Keep in mind that just because you see a survey doesn’t mean we’re going to take that course, even if sentiment is good around a change.
This aside, we’ve got some cool stuff lined up for the preseason that we can’t wait to share with you guys. Good luck in your ranked matches until then.
ps. It’s a marksman.
It’s definitely great news that victorious skins won’t be sold, as like those players on reddit and on the forums stated, players ranked Gold and above should be rewarded for that, with something money can’t buy. However, I’m not so sure that I agree with the idea of Riot giving out free chroma packs for ranked tiers only.
Chroma packs are something I’ve had an issue with ever since they launched because I think that they’re too expensive for what they are; they’re priced like a skin (more or less), despite only offering a new colour scheme. So instead of Riot giving them out free chroma packs players who are in ranked, I think that they should take advantage of the new champion mastery system and give them out to players according to which mastery tier they’re at.
Currently, there are only five tiers that you can hit as a champion and that makes it far too easy for League of Legends players to max out their favourite champion pool. So, if they increase the amount of mastery tiers to say, 20, and give out free chroma packs once players hit that (Riot has said that they’ve considered rewarding mastery tiers) it would benefit all players. Plus, players Gold rank or above get a little extra and the rest of the League fo Legends’ community won’t have to miss out.
Do you think that Riot should put League of Legends’ victorious skins on sale? Are chroma packs too expensive or are you happy to pay for them? Leave a comment and let us know.