League of Legends players will soon be unable to run the game or its client on Windows XP and Vista, Riot Games reminded players on its website today. This week’s Patch 9.9 will be the last one in which players using these operational systems will be able to run the game, and support will be fully dropped from Patch 9.10 on, which drops on May 14.
Riot explained that under one percent of its global players are still using Windows XP, and that the Vista usage is even lower. “Microsoft itself no longer supports Windows XP or Windows Vista with security updates,” Riot Catopus wrote. “It’s getting harder every day for us to maintain a secure League of Legends experience for the very small number of League players still using XP, requiring a disproportionate investment from our engineering teams.”
Players using these operational systems must update their versions to Windows 7 or higher, which Riot plans to maintain support “for the foreseeable future.” Otherwise, their games will stop running on May 14.
Riot’s post today is just a reminder. The company announced the end of this support about five months ago, so players who were on XP and Vista had plenty of time to adapt to this upcoming change and will still have a few days to take action.
Microsoft stopped pushing updates for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 and for Vista on April 11, 2017. Riot is joining other game and tech companies, such as Steam, which fully dropped Windows XP and Vista support on Jan. 1.