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League of Legends Mac edition shelved

League of Legends' Mac version, which began semi-public testing last year, is to be discontinued this week following trouble keeping it up to date with the PC edition.

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The Mac version of League of Legends, which began semi-public testing last year, is to be discontinued this week following trouble keeping it up to date with the PC edition. Developer Riot Games still hopes to bring the DotA-'em up to Mac in the future, but it won't be any time soon.

"So far we have been unable to ensure a consistent quality bar across platforms," Riot explains. Riot itself frequently issues patches on PC but the Mac edition is developed externally at TransGaming, often leaving LoL outdated and unavailable on Mac.

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've been playing LoL on Mac and made any purchases from the in-game store, you can either keep using them through the Windows edition or get a refund (if you have don't mind having your account shut down). As a thank-you to testers, those who've played mostly on Mac can claim a free code to unlock the Champions Pack if you log in on Mac before the beta closes.

The Mac shutdown comes as Riot prepares to launch Dominion mode, a capture-and-hold game type intended to deliver shorter, more intense bursts of LoL.

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    September 5, 2011 8:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, League of Legends Mac edition shelved.

    League of Legends' Mac version, which began semi-public testing last year, is to be discontinued this week following trouble keeping it up to date with the PC edition.

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      September 5, 2011 8:19 AM

      "won't not anytime soon" Huh?

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      September 5, 2011 8:31 AM

      Well, Dota 2 will be available for Mac on day one.

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        September 5, 2011 11:50 PM

        PR-bying boy! That's what you think, yes. Which is quite different from what might happen in the future.

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      September 5, 2011 9:08 AM

      I am hoping this means we get Dominion tomorrow.

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        September 5, 2011 9:51 AM

        Great call.. Lets hope youre right

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        September 5, 2011 9:57 AM

        Wednesday. Unfortunately, America has stupid Labor Day today.

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          September 5, 2011 10:36 AM

          umm, it's currently Monday September 5th in the USA (labor day) in about 13.5 hours it will be "12:00 AM PT on September 6, 2011" ...

          Tomorrow is Tuesday September 6th ... Tuesdays are normally patch days for them, so it could be very logical for them to do their "Post Labor Day holiday patch" and release Dominion.


          That's what I've been hoping for for about a week.

          Also, at some point (I think during the live Dominion games streamed a couple weekends ago) one person said in an interview "we are waiting for some of our partners around the world to get some stuff ready".

          With this news, I think the main partner was the Mac dev team who was sucking it up ... they not getting the Mac client up to ready for Dominion might have been the last straw that caused them to be eliminated.

          Either way, I still hope to be playing Dominion in about 24 hours from now.

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            September 5, 2011 1:30 PM

            If you look back to any patch when there has been a holiday on a Monday, they delay the patch until Wednesday to give the same amount of time to each patch.

            Also, that quote you are talking about, they were referring to foreign versions of LoL, aka, Localization, not the mac version.

            Sorry to burst your bubble.

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      September 5, 2011 9:10 AM

      maybe they should stop pumping out new champs and get this shit working.

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        September 5, 2011 9:12 AM

        read between the lines --- the outsourced team sucked, they are firing them. They don't have a replacement team to do the mac client.

        They want to have a replacement team (either inhouse or external) but that takes time, energy, and money.

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      September 5, 2011 10:03 AM

      Good, focus on the real issues in the game.

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      September 5, 2011 10:38 AM

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      September 5, 2011 10:56 AM

      Bummer so a linux port is even further out then.

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      September 5, 2011 11:15 AM

      I wish I was on a Mac so I could get the 100+ dollars I've spent on that game back.

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