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Riot Games isn’t dropping Facebook support for League, just fixing it

For now, players will have to manually add their friends, but Facebook support will return

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League of Legends’ latest patch, version 9.20, dropped Wednesday morning and removed the game’s Facebook support for several patches until Riot Games can fix the feature. Riot Games told Polygon the feature should be back “in the next patch or two.”

League’s Facebook integration allowed players to find their Facebook friends easily in-game, and even added their real names below their summoner handles on the friends list. While its removal might make it a little harder to stalk and find out which of your friends have played League of Legends, you’ll still be able to add friends by using their summoner name normally.

This should not delete friends who you already have on your friends list, but it might take away their real name associated with the account. If you don’t want to lose track of who is who, consider adding a note to the user. (You can do this by right-clicking their summoner name.)

Sony announced earlier this week that Facebook support on the PlayStation 4 is also ending. When reached for confirmation, a Riot Games representative told Polygon that Facebook integration was a “low-used feature” and the timing alongside Sony’s announcement is coincidental. A later update from Riot Games noted that the feature is returning after it gets some fixes.

Update (Oct. 10): A Riot Games representative told Polygon the developer is working with Facebook to re-enable the function to find friends via Facebook. It will be brought back in an upcoming patch. The story and headline have been updated to reflect this information.

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