Riot games announced introducing multi-factor authentication (2FA) on Wednesday to combat account abuse and further its vision of player safety. Players can secure their accounts by authenticating every login via email with this feature, rather than the previous iteration where prompts only appeared when logging in from a new or unverified device.
You can finally add multifactor authentication to your Riot account!
This will verify signups with email to make sure nobody can steal your account. Please add it, it’s so good to be protected.
— Mark Yetter (@MarkYetter) January 19, 2022
Adding 2FA to your Riot Games account
Here’s how you can enable multi-factor authentication:
- Navigate to Official Riot Games login page
- Sign in to your account
- Look for the banner at the top of the page that says “Two-factor authentication is now available”.
- Click “Enable 2FA”
- Check the relevant email attached to your Riot Games account for a confirmation email and click “Enable Two-Factor Authentication” in it.
Players who select the “Keep me signed in” option while logging into the game client will only be prompted once for verification. However, if this option is not selected, email authentication is required for each login. That way, even if you’re playing a quick round of VALORANT on a public computer, you can have peace of mind.
Account security has been a major concern since Riot Games’ inception, as over the years players have complained of hacking attempts that have ruined accounts they had accumulated hundreds of hours on. Security Director David Rook took to Twitter to announce that since establishing the product security team at Riot Games a little over a year ago, he has made strengthening security engineering that affects players one of his priorities.
The current iteration of Riot Games’ multi-factor authentication that is being released will only support email, with no specific date on when other types such as a phone or software-based solution (e.g. the Google Authenticator app) will be available will. Still, it’s a step in the right direction and the team has made that clear Updates will come later this year.