To ensure League of Legends server stability on "all global environments" Riot Games is holding off on "non-essential updates" until January, excluding required priority fixes and stability improvements, according to a post by European managing director Paul Breslin on the game's official forums.
According to Breslin, Riot also plans to roll out RiotDirect on its Frankfurt datacenter to assist with provider connectivity issues such as lag. RiotDirect will allow the company to switch between four different providers if serious bandwidth or latency problems are experienced, alleviating traffic off problem lines.
"Longer term, the Amsterdam datacentre build is still on track for the end of March. Servers and other tech hardware are arriving daily and will continue to do so over the holidays," he wrote. "Once all the equipment is on site and prepped, a big team of Rioters will start installation. This is a huge and complicated build and the team will be working hard over the holiday break to ensure we get Amsterdam live as soon as possible for you."
League of Legends' wintertime Showdown event went live this week and will last until Jan. 2. The event allows for 1v1 and 2v2 duels on the single-lane Howling Abyss map and more.