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League of Legends Skin Codes Being Permanently Deactivated
All League of Legends skin codes will soon be deactivated as developer Riot Games decides to prevent ongoing and future scams.
Previously the developer had printed an abundance of skin codes that they gave away for free during events or through social media networks. Some who got hold of these would sell them off online to the community. Rare or limited edition skins for their respective characters were able to fetch in a good amount for third-party outlets, with some skins being sold for more than $500.
Due the attraction of owning such rare skins, many players had been willing to spend to make an addition to their library. However, these scenarios also saw many outlets scamming players by promising them items that they never had to give in the first place.
Posting an official update on its forums, Riot Games informed all users that from July 23 all previously printed keys would be permanently deactivated. Those who still hold any skin codes should redeem them before the set date.
“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.
“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.”
Riot Games assured that any skin that has been redeemed prior to this will not be removed afterwards.
Source League of Legends