Riot Games has made another move to reduce toxicity in League of Legends.
One of the most played MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) in the world, League of Legends has gained notoriety over the years for having some of the most toxic players in all of video gaming.
To its credit, Riot Games has taken several steps in the past to avert the problem but it never drove its toxic players to change their ways. With patch 13.19 in full effect, Riot Games is hoping to solve the problem for many years.
“Ranked solo and duo tend to be the queue with the highest rate of disruptive behavior. The added intensity of every game mattering is fun, but sometimes the pressure proves to be too great,” Riot Games announced.
“We want to give players who are feeling the pressure of the ranked environment a way to reconnect with a more relaxed version of League of Legends, while at the same time introducing a penalty that is hard to work around by switching accounts for a week.”
Moving forward, toxic players will get punished with restriction should they exercise “disruptive behavior” during the game. And to cool themselves off, the restricted player will have to take his or her act to a casual lobby and play a few games there.
“When receiving penalties for disruptive behavior you can receive ranked restrictions in addition to your other penalties. These keep you from playing ranked game modes until you clear them,” Riot Games explained.
“(Players can) get rid of ranked restriction by playing five games of a non-ranked mode. These queues include Blind Pick, Draft Pick, ARAM and Rotating Game modes.”
Along with what could be a community-changing policy on disruptive behavior, the patch also came out with buffs and nerfs to various heroes and bug fixes for a better quality of life.