For better or worse, 2017 was known as the year of the lootbox. After the fiasco that was the Star Wars Battlefront II lootbox situation, many games have started to rethink their ways on using the now standard lootbox formula.
One such company is none other than MOBA giant Riot Games and their number one PC hit, League of Legends. In the game, players can earn “Hextech Chests,” lootboxes that contain a variety of goodies. If you play your champion particularly well, you may be rewarded with a chest at the end of the match. Before you can open it, you’ll also need to earn a key which drop more frequently than the chests. Playing with friends increases the drop rate for keys, giving players an incentive to pair up with buddies.
Of course, there’s always the option of buying Hextech Chests directly from the store using real money. The chests themselves are 125 Riot Points, roughly $1 USD. It’s 195 RP for a chest and key, which is $1.50. Today, Riot has published a full drop rates table of all the items you can find inside these chests. This is part of their plan to become more transparent so that players know what they’re potentially getting.
- Skin Shard: 50%
- Champion Shard: 25%
- Emote Permanent: 10%
- Ward Skin Shard + 150 Orange Essence: 11.5%
- Summoner Icon Shard + 150 Orange Essence: 3.5%
- Gemstone: 3.6%
- Bonus Chest + Key: 10%
What do you think of this move? Personally, we feel that this should be the standard whenever a game uses lootboxes. It’s time to put an end to the random gambling aspect of these games. Granted, the nature of lootbox rolling is essentially still gambling, but at least this gives players a heads up on what to expect.
Even better is that Riot implemented some finer details and tricks to ensure that these lootboxes stay in the players’ favor. By that we mean stuff like their “Bad Luck Protection,” which makes it so that you can’t open three chests in a row without getting at least one skin shard.
You can read the full report here on the Riot Games website.