Despite semi-public beta testing over the past year, League of Legends on the Mac is to be discontinued later this week. Riot Games still hopes to bring the game to the fruit-based computing system soon, but it’s going to be an undetermined amount of time into the future.
Because the Mac version of the game is developed externally, the game rarely is on the same update as the PC version. Because of the frequency of Riot’s updates, it’s difficult for Mac edition developers Transgaming to keep up. Rather than continue supporting an outdated game, they’ve decided to just end development for the time being.
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.
All purchases on the Mac version of the game will transfer to the PC version, and refunds will be available to those who don’t make the switch, so you’ll finally be able to put that money toward your college tuition to pay for all those classes you skipped while playing League of Legends. Mac users will also get a free Champions pack if they log on again before the beta shuts down. Mac users are clearly in the larger plans for League of Legends, but it may be awhile before they play a role again.