When Will Riot SEA Server Launch?

Soumyo Deb
By Soumyo Deb
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Image Credits: Riot Games

When can we see the long-awaited Riot SEA server for League of Legends? Let’s find out.

As League of Legends is one of the most played video games of all time, many players play simultaneously. And to keep up with the demand, Riot has set up servers worldwide. Some popular servers include North America, Europe West, Europe Nordic & East, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, etc. Even though these servers are set up in different places, they have one significant similarity, and that is Riot themselves controls them.

Besides the famous Riot-controlled servers, there are servers owned and maintained by third-party companies. For SEA regions, Garena had complete control over them.

Garena is a Singaporean Game Developer and Publishing company founded in 2009. Other than developing games, they have published many games in the SEA regions. Some of these games they have published are Heroes of Newerth, Arena of Valor, Call of Duty Mobile, Contra Returns, and most importantly, League of Legends.

More than a month ago, Riot announced their partnership with Garena would end in 2023. Moreover, they also announced that they would publish League of Legends and TFT in SEA servers by themselves in 2023.

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League of Legends Riot SEA Server Release Date

Riot Games have mentioned that the migration period from Garena to Riot would start on November 18th, 2022. If you haven’t migrated yet, you can learn and do so here. Additionally, Riot has incentivized players to migrate as early as possible for a hassle-free experience.

For what will be migrated, your League of Legends username, progression (Mastery, Level, Challenges, etc.), cosmetics (skins, emotes, etc.), friends list, RP, and everything from your Loot page. However, Riot won’t transfer your ELO and Ranks to the new server.

Furthermore, for new players, Riot has announced a new welcome event that will reward players with new skins and champions. The champions will include all the champions from 2009 to 2021. Moreover, for skins, players will have the chance to earn one Ultimate skin. Riot has also announced many offline League of Legends events that will take place in the SEA regions.

As for when the Riot SEA server is launching? Garena has announced on their social media that the Riot SEA server will launch in the early morning of January 6th, 2023. Furthermore, simultaneously, Garena servers will also shut down during that time.

Soumyo Deb is a League of Legends writer at GameRiv and a dedicated Jungle Main. When he is not writing about the latest League news, he is testing out various off-meta champions in the jungle.