League of Legends is a prime example of how free-to-play can work well. Not only do you get access to the full game that’s completely unlimited, the only thing you can spend real cash on is characters and character skins. Some skins are available to everyone at any point, but other skins are limited edition skins, highly sought after skins that players receive codes for, from events, it’s these skins that some people are taking advantage of and are re-selling them to desperate skin collectors hoping to stand out in the arena.

Though that’s seemingly a genuine way of sharing a skin that you don’t want or perhaps already have, there are some unsavoury people out there making the most of those desperate to get their hands on the super rare skin for their characters and scamming them out of cash. It’s these very same unsavoury people who have caused Riot games to disable and deactivate issued codes.

In a statement on their site, Riot Games said, “These sites promise limited edition skins for League of Legends, when in reality they acquire codes illegitimately and exploit players. They charge excessive prices (we found one skin for over $1,000!) and sometimes take payment and never provide the content. You can’t predict the outcome, and no purchase is ever guaranteed regardless of what the seller says. To make matters worse these services typically use bots. Bots are lame to play with and chew up additional server bandwidth, negatively impacting everyone.”

“Riot is taking action against these scammers at the source. We are working with multiple payment processors to inform them of the situation and recommend they no longer process fraudulent payments from these sites. Additionally we will be deactivating all previously issued skin codes starting today. If you have a skin code that you acquired legitimately please send a request to Player Support and include proof of ownership. We’d be happy to help redeem the content to your account, but please note after 23/07/14 we will no longer be redeeming codes for any reason.”

Previous activated skins, whether purchased legitimately or acquired through said sites are safe, however, so you won’t be losing any character skins when the change comes into effect.

Are their any n3rdabl3 readers out there affected by this? Or are you, like me, happy to just play with any character?

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