I pulled some new stats out of Logs of Lag, the average bandwidth used by the game client. Each point is the average for all logs I have for the week. It shows that the client has roughly doubled its bandwidth usage over the past three years.
The absolute usage is still very small; well under 50kbps, or the speed of good ol’ dialup. (Burst usage is significantly higher though, maybe 4x.) Mostly I find the trend interesting. Also surprised not to see a clear step function as patches are released, although maybe that pattern is hiding in the data.
As with my previous analysis the huge caveat with these reports is that I don’t have an unbiased sample of LoL players. I only have logs uploaded to me by Logs of Lag users, which are undoubtedly biased towards people with network troubles. I think that bias won’t skew this bandwidth usage number much though, it has much more impact on any inferences I can draw about player ping times, packet loss, etc.
Speaking of those skewed data, here’s an update from last fall’s summary with significantly more sample logs now.
matchLength = 1736.0 (29 minutes)
bestPing = 80ms
medianPing = 90ms
averagePing = 103ms
stdDevPing = 53ms
bytespsIn = 4706 bytes/s
bytespsOut = 666. bytes/s
lostPerMin = 11.5 packets/minute