League of Legends has a reputation for being a toxic game; many potential players stay away from it for fear of being flamed after a bad game or just being insulted for no reason. This is something that Riot Games has gone to great lengths to address, including the policy to roll out free gifts to players who exhibit good behaviour and the new system that automatically bans players reported for being abusive.
But Riot’s commitment to stopping people from being hurtful and abusive doesn’t just apply to the realm of their own game as the company has now made the decision to donate the fines from the LCS 2014 (League of Legends Championship Series 2014) to LGBTQ charity The Trevor Project. Find out more after the break.
Riot Games Donate LCS 2014 Fines to The Trevor Project
Most of the $31,850 in fines that Riot Games racked up during the LCS 2014 season weren’t due to anti-LGBTQ language but they note that the League of Legends community “feels strongly ” about that sort of abuse. For example, games that had homophobic slurs in their chat log got 165.84% more reports than those that only said f—k and games in which someone encouraged other players to commit suicide received 225.65% more reports than those with f—k.
In a statement, the developer further explained why they decided to donate the money to The Trevor Project:
“We decided to donate the 2014 LCS fines of $31,850 to The Trevor Project – an organization which provides free, confidential and secure crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
We loved the organization’s approach to creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone through suicide-prevention phone, IM and text messaging services as well as TrevorSpace, the largest social networking community for LGBTQ youth all over the world.
We support their commitment to stamping out bullying and discrimination wherever it comes up, and we admire their transparency as an organization.”
Riot Games also added that “regardless of who or where you are, every player is welcome on the Rift” and that this isn’t the end of their work with charities and non-profits, so keep visiting the blog for more on that.
What do you think Riot can do to make League of Legends more inclusive? Can the game ever be free of toxic behaviour? Leave a comment and let us know.