New system will permanently ban toxic League of Legends players 
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Alessandro Barbosa
July 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Online games are often a breeding ground for some of the most disgusting gamers out there. It’s something that is a real problem for games that force you to be co-operative with strangers, and usually a studio will take a strong stance against toxic behaviour. Riot Games, developers of League of Legends, seem to have had enough.

Riot have detailed a new system that they are planning to deploy soon, which will target extremely toxic players. The new detection system will be used to pick up on offensive and game ruining behaviour, including intentional feeding, racism and extremely offensive chat messages.

The system will learn as it goes using Player Support, and serve as judge, jury and executioner in most cases. The system will be able to automatically ban players for 14 days, and in extreme cases hand out a lifetime ban. Chat logs and match history will automatically be stored, in case Riot needs to review the ban.

If you’re a frequent LoL player and you can’t live without throwing your daily insults, then you may need to start changing your online persona. Riot will allow appeals against bans, but considering they have all the history of the match in question won’t leave you much breathing room should you be guilty.

So be nice, work with your team and just hope you’re never faced with the 2500 ban code. Riot doesn’t seem to be taking prisoners.

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  • Kensei Seraph

    So the guys who intentionally troll will now be forced to create 15 dummy accounts?

    • Eric

      Yeah. I don’t know how LoL MMR works, but those people are bound to be stuck in lower tier games anyway. Only downside on that part is that they’ll be introducing new players to the game…

  • Ryanza

    Did Riot Games hire the NSA to hand out bans.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew
  • Hammersteyn

    Goodie gumdrops, the only reason people act like this is mostly because of anonymity. So not only are they bigots but cowards as well. Online games are a better place without them.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      How long will we have to wait before one of the said bigots starts whining about his freedom of speech?

      • Hammersteyn

        Racist or homophobic remarks is not protected by freedom of speech, is it?

        • David Muller

          They are protected by freedom of speech, yes. How ever, the freedom to say what you want, doesn’t come with protection from the consequences of saying what you want.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Precisely. They forget that part.

          • Reid

            That and, freedom of speech is covered through direct channels. If the ‘carrier’ ie: in game chat hosted by LoL doesn’t like what you’re posting, they’re well within their rights to cut your access.

          • Jakub

            The freedom of speech applies when you aren’t insulting anybody and are only expressing your views. If i say i dislike gays – that’s not homophobia. if I say i hate them and hope they all combust into flames – thats no longer freedom of speech, that’s just insulting ._.

  • Ryanza

    People should be able to do what they want with the games they buy. If they want to try out mods, hacks, and all that other shit, they should be able to try it.

    I say, instead of banning hackers and racists. Just create a mode for hackers and racists and ban them into that mode. At least they still get to play the game they paid for and they will learn that hacking isn’t always fun.
    Life ban = fuck you, I will just come back with better hacks.

    • David Muller

      On the other hand, there are a lot more people who would like to play the game without being abused by another player.

    • Hammersteyn

      When you play online you have to agree to their terms and conditions. I’m pretty sure abusive behavior is one of the things that is not tolerated under those conditions.

      • Ryanza

        don’t listen to the suits. let the hackers get banned to a hacker only lobby. and the non hackers in their boring non hacker lobbies. that’s sounds fair because both are paying customers.

        this new banning system sounds like a lot of innocent people will get banned.

        • Weanerdog

          Define innocent?

          • Ryanza

            “The system will learn as it goes using Player Support, and serve as
            judge, jury and executioner in most cases. The system will be able to
            automatically ban players”

            Like when every1 is pointing the finger at you when you did nothing wrong. The system learns, the system bans. I don’t trust that.

          • Weanerdog

            you can appeal and if you did nothing wrong then you will be reinstated. Also how often does it happen that you actually do nothing wrong and everyone points fingers at you.

            The system will have to take into account that some players are just crap, so you would have to that into account.

  • Praise Lord GabeN

    I love Dota but it hosts one of the shitiest online communities I’ve ever came across. And I’m only playing on local servers which makes it even more shocking. It seems like Dota is nursing a culture which thinks it’s ok to cuss and swear at someone for every little mistake. I see little effect on reporting people. Stronger action needs to be taken.

    • FearsomeClarinet

      Really? I play DotA 2 and I only experience small amounts of toxicity in short bursts, usually the person that does that sort of thing gets shut down by the rest of the team. Are you not listening to them or something? Because if you are new and tell them that they are usually forgiving, but if they tell you not to auto attack and you do it anyway and tell them you refuse to try, you are being a harmful player. And this system is new for LoL, the most popular and oldest (other than DotA, but honestly, you can’t implement this stuff into a mod, and HoNs dead) MOBA, so Valve is more than likely going to implement something like this soon. Valve cares more about getting its competitive scene up and running, which entails getting all of its original heroes in and balanced, organizing CRAZY amounts of tournaments, and making sure the competitive scene is easily accessible to the playerbase.

  • Pieter Smal

    Where is the like/dislike button, Lazygamer?

  • LOL

    why the heck i cant open my account but i am not doing any misbehavior but it is not hacked.

  • FearsomeClarinet

    Wow, so now is a good time to try League, right? I play just about every other MOBA out there. (And suck at all of them, I’m just good enough to *not* bring the team down, like going barely positive every match) One of the only things keeping me out of League was the extremely young and toxic playerbase. (don’t say things like all MOBAs are the same or something, I experience relatively small amounts of toxicity in Dota 2, and none at all in Smite, presumably because of not being able to see your teammates.) Even if I don’t like it as much as other MOBAs it can’t hurt to try it now that I can be assured that some 10 year old won’t cuss my head off for something stupid.

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