I was playing League of Legend earlier today and someone disconnects from the game. We were actually in the lead before he disconnected but because it turned into a 4v5, we started to lose.

Due to this fact, someone decides he was done playing and rage quits. And of course the other two did the same as a 3v5 was definitely hopeless. I decided to stay just for fun so it turned into a 1v5. A one man army.

I was curious what would happen if I was to leave too. Would the game end as though we had surrendered? Or would the game keep going for a certain amount of time just in case someone reconnects. This is especially relevant in cases where you are having a LAN party and the internet goes out momentarily.

What about if you are having a LAN party with 10 friends and are in a custom game together. If the internet goes out, what happens to the game? Will it automatically end or will it continue for a while in case the players reconnect.

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    Just fyi if anyone was wondering. I didn't win the game :)
    – Jay
    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:08
  • I think if the other team leaves aswell, then it might stop.
    – Lyrion
    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:41
  • Hmm good point I'll add that as an addition question.
    – Jay
    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:02

2 Answers 2


What happens if a full team leaves the game

The game keeps going, 0v5.

The opposing team will just have to destroy your nexus to end the game.

You can see this in the following pro match, where one of the teams decided to surrend before the 20 minutes mark, having had a really bad early game :

What happens if all players in the game leave

This one may be a bit trickier to answer, as there is no mean to trace the game once all player left.

Based on the behavior if a full team leaves, I guess the game would still continue, until one of the team has his minions destroying the ennemy nexus (which will happen at one point, try it in a custom game).

As suggested by Lyrion, it seems that if all 10 players are disconnected from a game (or leave the game on purpose), they will not be able to reconnect. This could imply that the game has been ended. However, this observation was made in a custom game, and this behavior may be specific for these games.

  • This happened to us when our network went down (premade 5, in work, at lunch). 0v5
    – gbn
    Jul 9, 2012 at 18:28
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    @gbn Tell me where you work. I'm applying there!!!
    – Jay
    Jul 9, 2012 at 20:19
  • I think if all the players leave in a custom game it is going to end. Because if you make a custom game and you all leave, you can't try and reconnect anymore.
    – Lyrion
    Jul 10, 2012 at 6:21
  • @Lyrion : Never tried this, but I would need a proof. It may be a specific behavior for custom games though.
    – astryad
    Jul 10, 2012 at 9:17
  • @astryad Yeah, it could be that it is specific behavior for custom games. But i wouldn't know, if both are hosted the same way tho then they will probably the same. But yeah good luck getting the other team to all leave in a normal match :p
    – Lyrion
    Jul 10, 2012 at 11:37

I encountered exactly this scenario recently.

Four friends and I were playing a game as a premade 5. Shortly into the game we noticed that there were no enemy champions. We began wondering where they were. At 5 minutes into the game, we received the enemy has disconnected message for all of them.

The game continued; we just destroyed their towers and eventually their nexus. The game lasted only 9.5 minutes and was quite boring. In essence, you don't want this to happen to you, as it becomes a very boring game. In fact, it's a 0v5, and you continue playing until you win.

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