Riot ID or Username, what is the difference

What is Riot ID, where to find it, and how to change it?

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Riot Games new tactical shooter Valorant has just been officially launched and many new players are wondering: What is Riot ID? We explain it - and also how to find and change it.

As it is common nowadays, almost all games require a launcher, be it Steam, Origin, Uplay, or similar. League of Legends developer Riot Games also has its own launcher, which requires you to log in with a Riot Account.

How do I get a Riot ID?

When creating a Riot Account, a Riot ID is also automatically created. This may or may not match the username of your Riot Account. It consists of the name that is displayed in the game, followed by a hashtag and tagline - these are three to five numbers or letters that are not displayed in the game. The hashtag and the numbers or letters make it possible for several players to get their desired name since even if they choose the same name, the tagline can be different. So the Riot ID looks like this [in-game name]#[tagline].

As already mentioned, only the chosen name will be displayed in the game itself, but the friend list will show the complete Riot ID, which is also necessary to find a certain player and add him to his friend list.

If you have already played League of Legends and have a summoner name, you will be given that name first, combined with a tagline as your Riot ID. If you change your summoner name, you will also change your Riot ID. However, if you change your Riot ID, you will have two different names, and once Riot Games changes everything to Riot IDs, you will keep your Riot ID.

Where do you find the Riot ID and how do you change it?

The Riot ID can be easily found in the account settings on Riot Games official site. Here you can change it once every 30 days as you wish. Just enter a new player name and click on Randomize in the tagline. This way you can make sure that you get the name you want. You can also create your own tagline to make it easier to remember the complete Riot ID. Depending on the chosen name and tagline, it may take a few tries to find a unique combination.

What does the Riot ID mean?

As Riot Games has announced, the Riot ID will be valid for all Riot Games games in the future. As soon as the changeover takes place, every player will have a cross-game Riot ID in LoL, Valorant, Legends of Runeterra, Wild Rift, and any upcoming titles. This makes finding and adding friends easier because you don't have to search for them in each game individually.

However, it could also be the undoing of hackers. Valorant's anti-cheat program Vanguard has already banned many cheaters and hackers in the closed beta - with the so-called Soul Bans. This type of ban locks the entire system because it works with hardware detection. As some banned players had to find out, Riot Games has also adopted the bans from the beta phase into the freshly released version. It is also rumored that Riot will transfer such bans to other games in the future. That would mean that a player who is banned for cheating in Valorant will also be banned in LoL etc. - which is of course simplified by a cross-game Riot ID.

So be fair, save the Soul Ban and have fun with Valorant. All other news and updates about Valorant, such as the new Spike Rush mode, can be found on EarlyGame.

Tasho Tashev

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