League of Legends is a fantastic game. It encourages communication and teamwork and all of that good stuff as players do their best to take down enemy champs and destroy the enemy nexus. But it’s not all high-fives and championship trophies as League has a reputation of having one of the most toxic communities around.
Is that an unfair rep? Perhaps, when you consider that plenty of other online games have toxicity issues. However, League of Legends still has some serious problems and it’s not uncommon for verbal abuse, harassment and slurs to be thrown around because of a single bad game or an accidental death. Hell, I’ve even be criticised for games that I’ve won.
Riot Games has been trying to clean up the game’s act for some time now, including a system that doles out skins and other bonuses to players who haven’t been banned within a set time frame. Their latest attempt is a new ‘instant banning’ system which will quickly punish League of Legends players who abuse the rules.
League of Legends Instant Banning
How this system works is that if a player gets reported by another player for being abusive (homophobia, racism, death threats, and so on are all punishable offenses) then within 15 minutes of the game’s end, they’ll be given a two week or permanent ban from the game. Additionally, they’ll be sent a ‘reform card’ via email which will explain how negative behaviour can result in poor performances and the card will also include the chat logs of what got the player banned in the first place.
The new instant-banning system went into live testing two days ago on the North American League of Legends servers and today it was been rolled out to those of us in the EU. The idea is that the system will be able to work out bans and whatnot itself but for the first few thousand cases or so, Riot’s player behaviour team will be on hand just to make sure that all is going as planned.
Should everything go well, these are the features we can expect from the new League of Legends reform system in the future:
- Upgrades to the system so that it take on more punishment and reform responsibilities e.g being able to recognise intentional feeding and other negative behaviour
- In-client reform cards, rather than via email
- Follow ups for players who reported people, so they can find out what happened after they reported somebody
- Rewards for good behaviour/good communication
- Upgrades for chat and ranked restrictions
This new system will be released in other League of Legends regions soon. We’ll update you once we have more info.
Do you think this will help League of Legends become less toxic? What else can Riot do to encourage good behaviour? Leave a comment and let us know.