In their neverending war against toxic League of Legends players, Riot have begun testing a new system that will lead to tougher ban policies. This insanely popular MOBA has boasts a wonderfully passionate community, but that same community can often be its biggest flaw. This is a problem the Riot gods are well aware of, thus leading to the creation of such systems as the Tribunal.
Riot's Lead Designer of Social Systems, Jeffrey Lin -- more commonly known to Summoners as "RiotLyte" -- made a brief post via Twitter mentioning the new changes. This led to plenty of questions, of course.
Today, players that show extreme toxicity (intentional feeding or racism, etc) will be instantly 14-day or permabanned in #LeagueOfLegends— Jeffrey Lin (@RiotLyte) July 21, 2014
Not long after this tweet went up, RiotLyte took to Reddit in order to clarify a few things regarding the new system. The aim here is to punish players for incredibly offensive conduct, like throwing around death threats and racist remarks.
Yes, the community is in a much better place now thanks to Riot's ongoing efforts, but Lin explains that they're still trying to explore new ways of dealing with the players who just won't learn. These repeating offenders have directly inspired new and harsher policies, which are currently being tested. If everything goes through, extreme ragers/trolls/jerks willl find themselves risking hefty bans and even public shaming.
A quick clarification on some common questions I'm seeing:
Today is the start of tests where we'll be using a new machine learning approach + Player Support manual reviews to target extreme cases of toxicity (such as intentional feeding, racism, death threats, homophobia, etc) and handing out pretty severe penalties such as 14-day or permanent bans. Players that get permanent bans will see a ban code of 2500 during these tests.
We'll be testing 1 server at a time in small doses to monitor the effectiveness of the system carefully and minimize false positives. All Riot regions will get the same test at some point in the future. Depending on the results of the tests, we'll be rolling this system out more permanently on all servers.
In the past, we've avoided publicly naming and shaming players; however, we've learned in recent months that being transparent is extremely critical to the playerbase's trust in our systems, so we've decided to do a compromise. If players complain about unfair bans for this particular system (so, have a ban year code of 2500), we're going to be fully transparent and posting the chat logs that resulted in the ban.
Some players have also asked why we've taken such an aggressive stance when we've been focused on reform; well, the key here is that for most players, reform approaches are quite effective. But, for a number of players, reform attempts have been very unsuccessful which forces us to remove some of these players from League entirely.
In addition, we'll be talking about this effort in more detail and about another system that will be addressing Leavers/AFKs very severely in the future. We'll do these in the usual channels like the League forums. I just wanted to mention this briefly on Twitter today in case some players were confused why they see some players getting banned until 2500 year codes.
Of course, none of this should be an issue for the vast majority of us who know how (not) to treat a fellow Summoner. As for everyone else, your time is nigh.