Almost all competitive multiplayer games with a means of player-to-player communication have a common curse: the dreaded abuser. These unfortunate individuals, for one reason or another, find joy in, or at least can’t help themselves from, abusing other players in some denigrating manner. One game where this is particularly serious is Riot Games‘ wildly popular MOBA, League of Legends. Riot Games has previously followed through with threats of token bans, but it looks like they are going to get tough on individuals exhibiting “toxicity”.
Riot’s Jeffrey Lin elaborated on today’s announcement to institute these bans:
“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 ban… 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… we’re going to be fully transparent and posting the chat logs that resulted in the ban.”
I fully agree with Riot Games’ move to institute permanent bans on players for particularly heinous cases of abuse, particularly as Riot looks like it isn’t going to be abusing its power absolutely, giving you the chance to appeal should you think you are innocent. While it may never truly stop the kind of behaviour that we want to rid from the Internet, it’s nevertheless an opportunity to police areas that are supposed to be fun.
What do you think about Riot Games’ new ban rules on League of Legends? Do you think it is going to help? Let us know your opinion.