Test the Servers with Party IP!

*EDIT: The Chicago Stress Test weekend is concluded! The new server achitecture held up well - thanks to everyone who logged on, played some games, and helped identify connection issues with certain ISPs. We're in the process of contacting a number of them to get these issues addressed, but we can only do so much! If you suspect issues with your connection, please contact your local ISP customer support and let them know as well!*   http://i.imgur.com/NrHkWAo.jpg   *TL;DR: Earlier this week, the NA game servers successfully moved to a new, centralized location in **Chicago, Illinois**. We continue to work internally, with ISPs, and with players to troubleshoot any emergent routing issues (help us out by filling out our [Log Gathering Form](http://na.leagueoflegends.com/tools/network-logs)), and have now kicked off a **weekend stress test** (complete with **Party IP**) from **August 28 - 30**. More details below.*     On August 25, we successfully completed the final phase of the [NA Server Roadmap](http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/help-support/WH8doH76-na-servers-and-the-future) with the activation of new NA game servers in **Chicago, Illinois**. These servers are now handling all League game traffic in the US and Canada, and have already improved ping and overall connection quality for a substantial majority of NA players (drastically so across much of the eastern US and Canada). West Coast players have seen an uptick in raw ping numbers, but should also see that uptick mitigated by connection improvements in the form of better overall stability and reduced packet loss.   #Connection Clinic Support - *closed* As we’ve mentioned previously, our broadest goal for the Chicago move and subsequent fine-tuning is to bring the **vast majority of NA players under 80 ms ping**. Less than half of NA players used to get sub-80 ping, but since the move we’ve been able to bring the bulk of NA players under that figure. That percentage is also rising further every day as the Roadmap team identifies and corrects wayward connections that aren’t yet taking the most efficient possible paths on our dedicated network to the new game servers. We could also use your help in tracking down any remaining issues! ~~Join us in the ongoing **[Chicago Connection Clinic Megathread](http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/help-support/PZclbVoE-chicago-connection-clinic-megathread)** to help us troubleshoot any remaining network pathing problems.~~ Make sure to fill out our [Log Gathering Form](http://na.leagueoflegends.com/tools/network-logs)! This will help us identify and track issues as they come up, and get a resolution out ASAP.   #ISP Peering Ongoing We’re also continuing to push forward with **ISP peering** deals, another of our key Roadmap efforts over the past year and a crucial factor in making sure your connections are getting to Chicago as quickly as possible. Check out our latest peering list [here](https://support.riotgames.com/hc/en-us/articles/204246204-NA-Server-Roadmap#h4). A note on some of the more high-profile names missing from that list - we’re currently in talks with **Cox, AT&T, and Verizon**, and expect to have inked and implemented peering deals with all three within the next couple of weeks.   #Server Transfers Now that Chicago’s online, we’ve enabled free server transfers for players located in the US, US territories, and Canada who are currently playing on other servers - look for a transfer email from us and a free transfer option in the store on your account! Keep in mind that the transfers are only free one-way, and that they’ll expire on **December 25 at 23:59 PDT**. Lingering questions about transferring your account and how it affects your rank/LP decay, summoner name, champion mastery, and other things? Check out our [Account Transfer FAQ](https://support.riotgames.com/hc/en-us/articles/201751924-Account-Transfer-FAQ).   #Weekend Stress Test with Party IP With the immediate server transition now complete, we’ve kicked off a stress test weekend from August 28 - 30 to observe how the new game servers handle peak traffic. To help make sure we really put the new Chicago infrastructure through its paces, we’ve activated Party IP for the weekend - check out the details below in case you need a refresher. **Number of players in party --> Bonus IP awarded** * 2 --> 100% bonus * 3 --> 150% bonus * 4 --> 200% bonus * 5 --> 300% bonus You earn rewards win or lose, but only if you’re in a party with at least one other player. This includes ***any matchmade game mode (including Teambuilder)*** and except Custom Games. Make sure to log in, help us test, and earn extra IP from **August 28th, 00:00 PDT** through **August 30th, 23:59 PDT**! ---- Drop us a comment below if you have any immediate questions, otherwise we’ll see you in the **[Chicago Connection Clinic Megathread](http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/help-support/PZclbVoE-chicago-connection-clinic-megathread)** or online throughout this weekend for the Party IP stress test!
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