League of Legends is Saying Bye-bye, developer Riot Games has announced. The feature, which lets the MOBA game’s players create persistent crews of pals in-game, with options for group chat and teaming up to play matches together, was introduced in 2016 but now it’ll be shutting down on the League client and League+ mobile app “in the near future”.
“Tools to develop, cultivate, and manage communities have come a long way over the years,” the dev explains in a post announcing the news of Clubs’ closure, and the reasons behind the decision. Giving examples of tools like TeamSpeak, Discord, and others, the studio says: “developers have spent decades helping players connect with each other in new, innovative ways.
“What began as support for text/voice chat has evolved into a suite of feature-rich, gaming-focused tools that help players communicate across games, livestream gameplay to each other, and coordinate their next sessions.” Riot says that, while developing communication tools is the primary focus of these companies, “we’re never going to create a community tool that beats out the industry leaders”.
“Given that a rebuild would be necessary, we had to stop and ask ourselves – Is rebuilding Clubs the best place to focus our efforts?” Riot Karadwe said. “What would players get the most value from? Are social systems an area that we think we can provide a best-in-class experience? Based on the current level of innovation happening in community management tools, it’s clear that this is not the place for us to focus our efforts in order to have the biggest impact on players.”
“Building League of Legends is what we believe we do best,” the post adds. “We believe that we should focus on spaces in which we can provide a truly great experience for all of you in the future. Spaces like combating game-ruining behaviour, finally improving our client, reworking our item system, or building new ways to play, like TFT. Other people are on the case when it comes to building incredible community management systems. We need to focus on the ways in which we can uniquely serve your needs.”
League of Legends Clubs is due to be shut off “during pre-season at the end of 2020”. In the meantime, Riot says it’s partnering with Discord to help make the transition easier for Club member that want to keep their in-game crews together.