Riot Games has slowly transitioned all players from League of Legends accounts to Riot accounts over the last year.
To cater to Riot’s growing catalog of games, including VALORANT, accounts no longer have a region selector on the login screen. While this makes things easier for logging in, it means you’re locked to your individual region.
If you created a VALORANT account in North America, you’ll automatically be assigned to the North American region, restricting you to the NA servers. The same goes for your European friends. But there’s a way to bypass this.
How to create a new Riot account
The simplest way to play with your friends from a different region is by creating a new Riot account.
To do this, you’ll first need to get your hands on a VPN. But don’t worry, a free trial will do.
Once you’ve downloaded your VPN and loaded it up, choose the country your friends are playing in (or anywhere in their region) and click here to create a new Riot account.
After you’ve created your account, your region will now be locked to the same destination as your VPN and you should be able to play with your friends.
How to change your region
If you don’t want to download a VPN, you could try contacting Riot and asking for a region transfer. You can do this by clicking here and submitting a ticket.
If you ask nicely and explain your situation, Riot might reward you and change your region. But don’t count on it.
This method means you’ll also be stuck on your new region and likely unable to return in the future.