Yes, League of Legends runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.
[toc] The king of the MOBA genre, League of Legends is one of the most popular and competitive games you can play on a Mac.
If you’re looking to an equally addictive and challenging game, look no further than League of Legends.
League of Legends on Mac
The Mac version of League of Legends may sometimes suffer from delayed support from its developer. But aside from that, League of Legends features cross-platform multiplayer and the Mac version includes everything the Windows version of the game does.
|Genre:||MOBA||64-Bit Support:||M1 Support:||Rosetta 2|
|Developer:||Riot Games||API:||Metal||M1 Performance:||Good|
Is League of Legends worth it? The reviews
League of Legends is a polarizing game. It is so competitive and harsh to beginners, many discard it as a toxic game. But make no mistake, League of Legends is the most successful MOBA to date, and for good reason:
League of Legends Mac requirements
These are the game’s official Mac requirements:
|Memory:||2 GB RAM (4 GB is strongly recommended)|
|Graphics:||NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better|
|Hard Drive:||5 GB|
|A 64-Bit OS is required|
Note this is a fairly easy game to run on Mac, especially on lower settings.
League of Legends M1 Mac support
Yes, League of Legends runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2021:
What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.
The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:
- 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM
As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, League of Legends can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:
- MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
- League of Legends: Mac Beta version 11.2.353.8505
More M1 gaming? Visit our M1 Supported Games list for 100+ Mac games we have tested and confirmed as M1-compatible.
League of LegendsM1 Mac benchmarks
These are the League of Legends M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:
|Benchmarks||Medium Settings & 900p||Medium Settings & 1600p||Max Settings & 1600p|
|MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||94 FPS||76 FPS||74 FPS|
As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:
- Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
- 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
- 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
- 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
- 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.
We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience for most casual gamers.
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