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League of Legends forums are being shut down due to lack of popularity

Riot Games has announced that it will be shutting down the League of Legends forums as most users had migrated to other discussion forums such as Reddit and discord. The company took the time to thank the volunteer moderators and said that the forums will be officially offline by March 9th.

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