NA Server Roadmap Update: Optimizing the Internet for League and You

**UPDATE:** *Thanks for all your questions and joining in on the discussion, that's it from us for now. Keep an eye out on Boards for future updates from the NA Roadmap team!* Hi everyone, Riot Ahab here again to share more updates on what we're doing to address East Coast ping problems. By now, you may be familiar with the NA Server Roadmap, which outlines our approach to addressing ping disparity across the US and Canada. You can check it out [here]( Today, I want to introduce **Riot WizardOTL** (formerly Riot WizardoftheLake), who has been busy leading the charge on Phase 2 of the Roadmap: building a dedicated network for League of Legends traffic. Why are we doing this? Currently, ISPs focus primarily on moving large volumes of data in seconds or minutes, which is good for buffered applications like YouTube or Netflix but not so good for real-time games, which need to move very small amounts of data in milliseconds. On top of that, your internet connection might bounce all over the country instead of running directly to where it needs to go, which can impact your network quality and ping whether the game server is across the country or right down the street. **This is why we’re in the process of creating our own direct network for League traffic and working with ISPs across the US and Canada to connect players to this network. ** There’s a lot of fine-tuning to do as we bring additional parts of the network online, and we could use your help. Some connections can misfire and run a longer route than necessary to get to this network, so If you have experienced a sudden spike to your connection since November, please let us know in the comments below.* (edit: removed survey link to process collected information!)* ~~There’s a lot to cover, so we thought this would be best served as a Q&A. We’ll hang around this thread for the next 4 hours to answer questions and get into the nitty-gritty should anyone be curious.~~ _Thanks everyone for your questions! This thread's comments are being disabled and archived - please jump back [here]( to the main post and scroll to the bottom to find the most recent NA Server Roadmap update if you have any questions you'd like addressed!_
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