Riot Games is all set to move League of Legends' North American servers from Portland, Oregon to Chicago, Illinois. Today they announced the exact date of the move along with everything else players need to know.
On August 25th, Riot will begin transitioning the game to the new Chicago servers. The process will happen between 5 AM PDT and 12 PM. Riot hopes that everyone will be able to play during this time. However, they're going to disabled ranked matches until the move is complete just to be sure.
Once the transfer is complete, all LoL games will be utilizing the Chicago servers. Riot hopes that moving the servers to a more central location in North America will help even out player latency. With the current Portland servers, many players in the East Coast experience significantly higher ping than their West Coast counterparts. Some East Coasters have even resorted to playing on Latin America North servers because they're based in Miami.
Riot said last week that they expect the following changes in ping thanks to the server move:
However, Riot acknowledges players could experience some problems with the move. It's possible that some players won't be connecting to the Chicago servers as quickly as they should be. Riot will be working with players to resolve these pathing issues through the support forums.
Riot wants to stress test the Chicago servers the weekend after they're up and running. To ensure that as many players log in as possible between August 28th and August 30th, the company will be hosting another Party IP weekend. During the event, players will get bonus Influence Points by forming premade groups for PvP matches. The bonus will increase with the size of your group: