Riot Games announced Friday that starting in League of Legends Patch 7.17, it will allow third party websites to display data in unranked games again, according to a dev corner post by Evan “Revenancer” Humphreys.
“We think the benefit of transparency outweighs the risk of revealing unranked data,” he wrote. “It’s been accessible on third party sites for some time, and we haven’t seen any significant worrying trends. Many players primarily play unranked games, and those players want to be able to track their stats and scout their opponents. All players should have access to the compelling experiences third party devs create with the API.”
This is a revert from a precious stance from 2014, when Riot announced its own match-history viewing system, which also changed the Application Programming Interface policies of League of Legends to prohibit any third party websites — like OP.gg — from viewing any data outside of ranked games. Although the enforcement of the new API policy wasn’t properly applied until last month, the community reaction wasn’t favorable to the decision.
In exchange for giving third party websites access to unranked game information, Riot will provide a number of ground rules for the websites. For example, data must not be used to shame players, third party contests and challenges should always be healthy for the game, and any aggregated data must be clearly labeled as to what kind of game mode the data is drawn from.
Players will still be able to see their own match history for custom games, and custom game details will remain exclusively visible to individual players.
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