Feb 24th 2018

League of Legends reveals drop rates

Loot boxes and microtransactions have been a hot button topic. With legislators around the world looking into making laws regulating them, and players  frustrated at abusive systems the game industry has been torn on how to deal with it. Some are going forward with business as usual, ignoring the controversy, some are defending the systems, some are pushing against them, and others are doing a mix of things. Riot Games has decided to go for the mixed approach.

In a recent blog post for League of Legends, Riot Games has revealed what the drop rates are for the games loot boxes. Instead of it being a guess what the odds are, they have posted exactly what chance you'll get if you pay for one.

The loot boxes in League of Legends are called Hextech Chests. These chests will drop random materials that can be used to unlock skins and champions. Of course, Riot Games also offers these for sale with an up front price if there is something you specifically want. There are some skins and other items that are unavailable however, as they were limited time items, and they can be obtained through the Hextech Chests.

Riot Games also revealed the odds for an upcoming chest that will feature cosmetic items only. They are called Masterwork Chests. The drop rates for both of them are:


 Skin Shard      50%
 Champion Shard     25%
 Emote Permanent   10%
 Ward Skin Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence     11.5%
 Summoner Icon Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence     3.5%
 Gemstone     3.6%
 Bonus Chest + Key     10%


 Skin Shard     70%
 525 Orange Essence     10%
 Emote Permanent     10%
 Ward Skin Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence     10%
 Gemstone     3.6%
 Bonus Chest + Key     10%
Do you think it is a good idea for League of Legends to reveal the odds of their loot boxes? Or are they just getting ahead of the game with the iOS store demanding developers reveal odds for games of chance and China doing the same a couple years ago? Do you think if the industry doesn't do something that more legislation will be passed across the world and force it to act, or will it all blow over?