League of Legends for Mac can’t be installed on macOS Catalina

by | Oct 12, 2019 | MOBA

League of Legends, hands down the most popular MOBA ever created, is also having issues with macOS Catalina.

According to Riot Games, the game’s developer, macOS Catalina is possibly preventing new players to install the game. If you already have League of Legends for Mac installed on your machine, you should be fine.

Catalina is the latest version of Apple’s operating system for Mac. Released on October 7, it was supposed to be a great addition for Mac gamers, namely thanks to the introduction of Apple Arcade. Instead, Catalina ended up being a nightmare, especially for users dependent on 32-bit apps.

Another Catalina victim

The list of games suffering from Catalina’s mandatory transition to 64-bit continues to grow. In most cases, the root cause is straightforward: A game is still 32-bit and hence will stop working on Catalina.

However, in the case of League of Legends for Mac (LoL), the problem is vague and unclear:

At this time and with what we know, people will not be able to install League of Legends on their Mac devices on Catalina. So in the meantime, if you know someone who is interested in installing League of Legends, they should do so before Catalina debuts in October OR not update their macOS to Catalina until they do.

Strangely though, if you already have the game installed, you should be fine:

Existing players with League of Legends on their Macs will not have any problems or changes with League of Legends when Catalina rolls out. The game will patch normally and players will be able to play as they have been!

League of Legends for Mac can't be installed on macOS Catalina 1

Regarding a potential solution, Riot Games is still investigating the issue:

We do not currently have an estimated timeline for when Catalina will be able to support League of Legends, but we will update players as we get a clearer look at its release date.

In conclusion, if you’re an avid League of Legends gamer on Mac, you better stay away from Catalina for the time being.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Mac League of Legends users have suffered from a lack of support from Riot Games. For example, Mac users have been suffering from a mic bug that prevented players from using the League voice chat. And that’s only one example.

League of Legends Mac requirements

In any case, if you want to give LoL a shot, make sure your machine meets the game’s official minimum requirements:

  • 3 GHz processor (supporting SSE2 instruction set or higher)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB is strongly recommended)
  • 5 GB available hard disk space
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT / ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better
  • Screen resolutions up to 1920×1200

Like most MOBAs, LoL isn’t particularly demanding and should run on most modern Macs.

Best League of Legends Mac alternatives

Finally, if you’d rather try a MOBA with slightly better macOS support, both Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm are excellent choices.

If you’re looking for the same type of experience LoL provides, Dota 2 would be a better choice. Both MOBA’s are famous for their competitive scene, complexity, and harsh community. In both cases, good beginner’s guides are mandatory.

Dota 2 Mac gameplay 2

Dota 2 gameplay

On the other hand, Heroes of the Storm may not have a strong competitive presence, but it remains the best MOBA for casual gamers.

Are you a MOBA fan? What’s your favorite MOBA on Mac?

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  1. ikir

    Old 32bit bit games and badly coded games. Catalina vs lazy devs. Download Vainglory for now πŸ˜‰

  2. ikir

    Catalina is a great update, new features, better security, better eGPU support and soon Navi support for cheap but super max settings gaming. Can’t blame Catalina for this mess, blame devs.

    • Ric Molina

      I agree with you here. Catalina is not to blame but also keep in mind that some developers simply don’t have the resources to update their apps.

      I didn’t know Catalina had better eGPU support, can you tell us more about what’s improved?

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