The Public Beta Testing Environment
League of Legends is a widely diverse game, and in 2014, the game peaked at having 67 million players logging in at least once a month to play the game. The one thing that League of Legends uses to bring in players is that it’s a completely free game. Players enjoy the fact that they can unlock everything needed to play the game at the same level as anyone else without spending a cent of money. Doing that, however, is a mixture of players vocalizing their thoughts and the Riot Balance Team. The great communication between the game company, Riot, and their playerbase allow for every single champion to be playable without having to buy the most expensive ones.
So how did they manage to find a way to balance the game so that every player has an equal and fair chance of winning between 134 champions, more than hundreds of combinations between runes and masteries, and champion interactions that could make the game decided before players loaded in? Well, they used the PBE. A Public Beta Testing Environment. What they did was have certain players, mostly the ones that could stream the changes and/or give valuable feedback play on a patch with changes to the problems that ran rampant through the current state of the game. They would experiment with new changes they thought would balance out the game, including but not limited to: Champion scalings, ability reworks, champion reworks, item changes, adding/removing an item, and new mastery tree.
But surely enough, the PBE had one feature that boosted its value past just a balancing server. It generated hype. Having a popular youtuber showcase a new champion, or new skins (Looking at NB3+Cosmic Yi) made people so excited that they would instantly buy new champions or skins when they came out, generating revenue for Riot. People were also anxious every patch to see changes like having Irelia get nerfed again, or Kassadin wouldn’t stay the same and have to be perma-banned, or that Irelia lost a few more points of true damage on her W, or having Irelia lose .5 AP scaling on her E. She pretty much got nerfed every other patch for a whole season, let’s be real here.
Every change in the entire history of League of Legends was tested by the PBE servers. Thousands of registered, active LoL players tried out the new changes and together as a community gave feedback on incorrect interactions, if a champion was too overwhelming, if the patch still didn’t fix the problems, or just this stuff happening: click here.
Either way, it clears out most coding errors and allows for the patch to be as smooth as possible. Ranked games don’t get a sh*tfest because of someone using a specific bug, though there was the incident of Xerath spawnkilling everyone with a script.
Whatever happens in the PBE won’t always make it to live though. Remember; this is an experimental server. Riot may test removing a slow, or adding a skin, or anything they think may improve the game and then removing it because its quality wasn’t up to par with what the community expected, or it suddenly made a champion underpowered or overpowered.
Having a lol PBE account is a great way to see everything unfold. You can be first to suggest improvements, comment on new things, and raise the hype for people that don’t know about the changes yet. So at this point, you might be wondering, how can I get a PBE account, and where do I download the client? The download link for the PBE client will be under this article, and there are two ways of getting a PBE account.
The first way for you is to go to the link below titled “Apply for PBE” and attempt to get one. However, I must warn you that it is very hard to get one that way. They take very, very few players and your chances of getting one through Riot is about as likely as you getting eaten by a shark, 1 in 11.5 million. Slightly more than that, but you get the point: It’s not likely. That’s why if you really want a LoL PBE account to see everything before they hit the live servers, you should buy a pbe account. Buy PBE accounts on this website right now and you’ll get them as soon as you order. Your personal LoL PBE account will be ready for you to play on once you download the PBE client, and you won’t regret buying one.
APPLY FOR PBE (currently down due to issues with Riot’s servers):
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