League of Legends developer Riot Games says just one per cent of its player base in Europe West (EUW) is ‘toxic’ or abusive towards other users.
Of a review of approximately 11,150 players, 99.1% of those were ‘neutral or positive’, 0.84% were chat restricted and 0.04% were ‘escalated for extreme toxicity’.
Riot has been attempting to remove abusive behaviour from its game for a number of years now.
Its latest initiative is to reward those players who remain positive in games.
For example, players who haven’t been chat restricted or had their account suspended in the 2014 season will receive a 4-win IP boost. Riot says it will be granting these bonuses “over the next week”.
“Keep an eye out for a shiny new boost icon next to your IP balance,” said a spokesperson.
“We’ve recently been focused on addressing extreme cases of verbal toxicity, and will soon be testing additional systems that address gameplay toxicity like leavers, AFKs, and intentional feeders. However, it’s important to keep in mind that players engaging in these behaviors really are not welcome in our community. Fewer than 1% of players have been escalated to a 14-day ban or permanent ban or even received a chat restriction.”
Riot is asking players to share their chat logs by giving permission here (EUW) or here (NA).
The developer is also rolling out a new ‘LeaverBuster’ system to help reduce the number of players who go AFK (away from keyboard) or leave matches mid-game.
“The first time a player leaves a game, they’ll see a pop-up explaining that leaving is not okay and then have to manually agree to not leave future games. If they continue to ruin other players’ experiences, they’ll enter lower-priority matchmaking for a number of games. While in low priority queue, players will experience queue times that are 5, 10, even 20 minutes longer than a player who hasn’t left games,” said a spokesperson.
“Players will know how many games they have in lower-priority, and if they join a premade group, that group will be notified they are playing with a chronic AFK/leaver and they’ll face the same lower-priority time penalty.”
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.