Upon logging into League Of Legends today, you may notice that your ping is a lot higher or lower than usual. That's because Riot Games has moved the game's North American servers to Chicago.
Throughout Tuesday, Riot transitioned the the game from its previous home in Portland. The hope was that housing the game's servers in a more central location would even out players' latency across the continent. Traditionally West Coast players have enjoyed far lower pings than players in the East.
Thanks to the server move, East Coast players should now see a much lower ping. West Coast players, meanwhile, will see an upward bump. Here are Riot's estimates for the impact:
Riot says that West Coast players shouldn't be hurt too much by the higher ping. They say that they've made some strides in terms of stability and packet loss. They've been establishing peering agreements with ISPs across the United States and Canada in recent months to improve all players' performance.
If your latency is seriously suffering from the move to Chicago, Riot says you should use their network diagnostic tool to help them collect data. You can also stop by the Chicago Connection Clinic Megathread to give feedback. They have several employees monitoring the thread to find out what ISPs or hardware are having problems. Right now, they're investigating the following ISPs:
Certain North American players have been using other region's servers for better latency. For example, players in Florida would often use the Latin America North servers because they were housed in Miami. Riot is now sending out emails to those players offering free transfers to the North American server.