League of Legends on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon?

League of Legends on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 5Yes, League of Legends runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

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: League of Legends on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 6 M1 Support: Rosetta 2
Developer: Riot Games API: Metal M1 Performance: Good

League of Legends Mac gameplay

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:

78 Metascore

League of Legends on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 7 9.2 IGN

League of Legends Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.10 (Yosemite)
Processor: 3.0 GHz
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

Chat icon Note this is a fairly easy game to run on Mac, especially on lower settings.

League of Legends M1 Mac support

League of Legends on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 8Yes, League of Legends runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2021:

League of Legends on M1 Mac

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:

League of Legends on M1 using Rosetta 2

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • League of Legends: Mac Beta version 11.2.353.8505

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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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