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If you’re holding onto an unredeemed League of Legends skin code, you should read on. You’ve got a very limited time to get some help redeeming it before it’s gone for good.
Riot Games attends a number of events and, as a token of good will toward fans that visit them at PAX, Gamescom, and other shows, often gives out codes for limited edition skins. If you’re holding onto one (or more) of those, you’ll need to enlist the support of Riot’s player support team to redeem them.
Riot’s community coordinator, “Riot Draggles,” says that the company has noticed an uptick in 3rd party scamming. “Riot is taking action against these scammers at the source,” the company writes. “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.”
You have until July 23 to contact Riot if you’re holding a valid, unredeemed skin printed before April 2014. After that, the company will not be honoring them for any reason. If you’ve already redeemed a code, you’re in the clear. Content won’t be removed from your account. For a lighter look at League of Legends, check out PC editor Dan Tack wincing his way through former associate editor Dan Ryckert's first games.
[Source: Riot Games via Joystiq]
Our TakeThis is an unfortunate but necessary step. Even though third parties are doing the scamming, it reflects poorly on Riot to be associated with fraud. You can also expect that Riot will be much more careful about giveaways at shows moving forward. I wouldn’t expect to see unofficial giveaways online, because people won’t likely be handed stacks of codes.