Following the launch of Riot servers for League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics across Southeast Asia earlier this January, Riot Games has been continuously optimizing its tech and publishing operations to bring players the best gaming experience.
The Riot Games team has heard the feedback about less-than-desirable ping speeds on these new servers and has since doubled down on investments in the region, to get the infrastructure up to speed with what will feel and perform best as players chase those kill streaks on the Rift.
What is ping anyway?
Ping, or latency as the more accurate technical term, refers to the time it takes for a packet of information (a click, or pressing Q) to travel from your computer to the game server and back. Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms).
In online games like League of Legends, ping pretty much determines how quickly your computer is communicating with the game servers. Also, how quickly you will see the action happen once you press a
key, click your mouse, or smite the dragon at the right moment. The lower your ping, the faster the
communication is happening and that’s better for you. Curious to know what’s your ping while playing
LoL? Simply hit “Ctrl + F” to toggle the ping display on the top right corner of your screen.
What is a good ping speed for gaming?
For League of Legends, below 60ms is the target for a good playing experience. Other games will have a different standard, however, the Riot Games team wants to be ambitious and aim to achieve the best experience possible so players can experience a faster and more seamless connection.
What is changing?
After we launched the new Riot servers for LoL and TFT in the region, latency for the Philippines clocked
in at an average of 45-50ms. This hasn’t been ideal, and Riot Games is working hand in hand with local companies to install game servers in Manila for League and TFT, which will allow for average ping speeds of 15-25ms for players here in the Philippines. While notable improvements can be expected across the country, some players in central Manila may even experience pings under 15ms.
When is this happening and what do I need to do?
Riot Games teams are working hard to deploy the PH local servers and running all the required tests and checks. Players can start to experience improvements from the middle of August onwards, and no server downtime is anticipated. Players won’t be expected to take any special steps, but sharing feedback is always welcome.
Here’s hoping for an improved connection to the LoL PH Servers in the coming days and weeks!