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League of Legends 'Hide Eye Candy' option will cut out distractions

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

League of Legends players will soon have the option to turn off some of the more cosmetic animations surrounding characters in the game. Why is a "Hide Eye Candy" feature a big enough deal? Turns out these things can be a distraction to top-flight competitors.

"We added the option to disable things like butterflies, dragonflies and the water wakes to help competitive players focus on what they care about, the gameplay," wrote a Riot designer on the game's official forums.

For those curious, the option has only "a slight impact on performance ... not enough that it's worth toggling on for that," the designer wrote. Lowering the video quality setting will have a much greater effect on this than turning off "eye candy."

The option will go live in the next deployment of the Public Beta Environment; no timeframe has been given for its inclusion in the main game.

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