Everything You Need to Know About Your Riot ID

Riot Games has multiple ways of identifying someone. You've got your summoner name as well as your Riot ID, but are these the same thing? Let's investigate.

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Riot Games, like Steam, Origin, Uplay and Epic Games, have their own launcher. With the introduction of new games like VALORANT and Legends of Runeterra, as well as an unnamed MMORPG and fighting game, Riot has created a multipurpose launcher in which a player can choose which game they want to play.

But to play any games, you'll need a Riot account first, right? Well along with a Riot Account comes a Riot ID, and today we're going to go over what that even is and how it differs from your Summoner Name in League of Legends. Is it really just your in-game name or is there more to it than that?


How Do I Get A Riot ID?

When you want to create a Riot Account, you'll automatically create a Riot ID at the same time. The Riot ID consists of your in-game name — the name everyone is able to see — and a hashtag followed by a tagline which consists of 3-5 numbers or letters. So your Riot ID will look a little something like this: [in-game name]#[tagline]

But don't worry, your friends won't be seeing the hashtag and the characters when you're playing online with them. They will see it though if they hover over your name in their friend list after a match and in the game client.

Why Did Riot Create The Riot ID?

Thanks to the Riot ID, players are able to get the in-game name they want and have more flexibility with their names. For anyone who started playing Valorant after already playing League, you'll automatically have the same in-game name as your League of Legends account.

If you realize though that your League of Legends username from 5 years ago is childish and doesn't represent you anymore, you're able to change your Riot ID and have two different names.

Only once you change the Riot ID will your username and ID be different. Beforehand they're linked. Once Riot moves away from the summoner name onto a new system — we get to that soon — will you only keep your Riot ID. Moment of silence for Summoner Names please...

Does Your Riot ID Replace Your Summoner Name?

No. Your Riot ID is not a replacement for your summoner name, at least not yet. In an FAQ by Riot in their Riot ID section, the team has stated that this does not replace your summoner name... yet.

Riot is planning on changing the system from the summoner name to the Riot ID in the future, though. In the FAQ they had 2021 in their sight for changes, but as of writing this article it's 2022, and we still have our summoner names in League of Legends.

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Riot IDs and Summoner Names are not the same thing. | © Riot Games

Where do you find the Riot ID

The Riot ID can easily be found on your account page. You just have to log into your account, and you'll be able to see everything you need to see about your account. It's also where you can change your password and enable two-factor authentication!

You can also connect your Riot account to Prime Gaming for prime gaming goodies and to Twitch, so you can receive drops for watching esports events like the League of Legends World Championship.

Can You Change Your Riot ID?

Now the most important question of all. Are you able to change your Riot ID? Yes, you can change the ID. Just follow the steps below, and you can get your own new Riot ID. Who knows, in the future, this might be the only username you have for all of Riots games.

  1. Go to Your Riot Account Page
  2. Check under Account Management
  3. Click on Riot ID
  4. Change Riot ID in the First Row

How Often Can You Change Your Riot ID?

You're able to change your Riot ID for free once every 30 days according to the Riot ID FAQ. You can also customize your tagline, which should make it easy to remember for yourself and will also mean that your friends can easily find you through the new ID system.

When Will Riot Replace Summoner Names With Riot IDs?

As already mentioned, in the Riot FAQ about Riot IDs it is stated that the overhaul of your username should have started in 2021. Riot is likely working on this, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, much had to be pushed back, like the prestige overhaul in League of Legends.

But with Rioters going back to the office, we can see a change from summoner names to Riot IDs in the next year or so, we predict. Thankfully, with the customization, players are able to get the in-game names of their dreams since only the username or the tagline have to be unique.

This way you'll be able to play Legends of Runeterra, Valorant and League of Legends with your own unique username even with over 1 million active players.