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Today Riot Games announced that the Mac version of their extremely popular free-to-play MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game League of Legends has been put on the back burner indefinitely.

According to Riot, the reason the project was put on hiatus was due to inconsistencies in the frequent updates and patches. These issues all stem for the fact that, while Riot handles all development on the PC, the Mac version of LoL is being developed externally by TransGaming. While Riot is able to keep up with all the patches and new content, TransGaming seems to be a bit slower, often leaving LoL outdated and unavailable to Mac gamers.

The official quote from Riot reads:

We are regretfully going to shut down the Mac Beta client indefinitely starting 12:00 AM PT on September 6, 2011. We realize our current approach regarding the Mac platform won’t guarantee the quality and frequent updates we deliver today on the PC and are expected by our player community. We will continue to investigate the opportunity to provide player access on the Mac Platform in the future that aligns with our service and content update standards. We are committed to building a solution that will work on the Mac in the long run, but it will take some time.

If you are one of these Mac gamers and you’ve spent realm money on items from in in-game store, all is not lost. You can either transfer your account to the Windows edition or have Riot shut down your account and give you a full refund.

[Source: Joystiq]

  1. While I’m sure this is disappointing for some, I think the appeal of Mac compatible games is dwindling since most people can just dual boot Windows with Boot Camp anyhow.

    • avatar Mitya

      Review by Benjamin Woolley for Office 2008 for Mac, Home and Student Edition (3 User Edition) (Mac) Rating: After years with PCs, I flainly migrated to the Mac this Christmas. The whole experience has been remarkably painless. Everything worked, the software is for the most part beautifully designed, and I felt I had found a comfortable new home. Then I got Office 2008 Home and Student Edition, principally for Word and Entourage, so I could access all my Office 2007 files and found myself back in the Windows world.Word 2008 looks pretty, but is flaky. It sometimes freezes, and there’s an odd problem with the document window sometimes refusing to overlay other windows that are open on the desktop. Also, the interface is different from Office 2003 and 2007, and in my opinion not as good.Maybe I’ll get used to these foibles, but the instability of the software is worrying. Worse, Office 2008 isn’t fully compatible with Office 2007. Word will read documents written using earlier versions. But Entourage does not read Outlook pst files AT ALL. Migrating Outlook to Entourage is awkward to impossible without making big compromises and wasting lots of time and effort. Microsoft created an add-on for Entourage 2004 that apparently works with Outlook 2001 pst files, but there’s no information from Microsoft on converting Outlook 2003 or 2007 files. There are other solutions for converting pst files, but I can find none that are simple and seamless (or free). And once they’re in Entourage format, I notice that there’s no way of exporting them to other email programs.To add to the sense of a fundamental misfit between Microsoft and Apple, Microsoft’s support pages for mac don’t seem to work with Safari (but do with Firefox). In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t tried this half-way house between the Windows and Mac worlds, but just started afresh.

  2. avatar Bolo

    Mac can’t win ‘em all … sad face.

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