Riot Takes Huge Step Against League of Legends Trolls

Riot Games is done with all the negativity and antisocial players in League of Legends, and is locking them out of its upcoming loot and crafting systems as punishment.

League of Legends will undergo quite a big overhaul in 2016. In fact, it’s going to be the biggest overhaul since the game’s launch back in 2009! One of the biggest changes the game will see is that players can get free skins and time-capped character rentals in the aftermath of the matches they play. Players will be able to use these items, or trade it with others via League of Legends revamped crafting system. That’s only for the sweethearts out there though.

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Riot’s lead designer of social system, Jeffrey Lin, spoke to Polygon about locking out trolls from the rewards. Anyone who is consistently tagged for negative behavior will not get any drops, and won’t have have the option to trade bad drops via the crafting system.

“We really want the system to be a reward,” Lin said. “It’s a new carrot for playing with friends and for being a positive player in the game. We’ve never been able to give skins for free before in League of Legends, so this is our way of saying, ‘Hey, if you’re a positive player in the game, here’s your way of earning something just for playing the game and being awesome.'”

It’s not the first time Riot puts its fist down when it comes to negative behavior, as the company previously withheld ranked season rewards, turned off the default all-player chat and built an honor system that allows players to rate teammates based on various positive factors.

How it will work and when it goes live is still unknown, but it’ll surely receive both positive and negative feedback. It’s planned to enter testing sometime in 2016, so we’ll see then.


Our Thoughts

Nothing is more annoying than negative and/or trolling players when you’re playing competitively (or even casually). You don’t invest all that time to just lose because your teammates are being annoying little bastards, so we’re definitely happy to hear that Riot is taking this huge step against trolls. Make them feel that what they’re doing isn’t right!


Source: Polygon

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