League of Legends Starts Banning Toxic Players from Ranked Matches
Riot Games announced that they’re in the process of developing and testing a new feature in the game that would punish the community’s most toxic players from joining Ranked game queues.
The feature, currently called Ranked Restrictions, locks negative players from joining Ranked queues until the player has finished playing a certain number of Non-ranked Normal Draft games before going through a re-evaluation by Riot. Along with being unable to join Ranked queue, those who have been Ranked Restricted will be unable to receive rewards such as the game’s end of season end rewards such a loading screen border and the Victorious Morgana champion skin. Additionally, those who are Ranked Restricted will also be Chat Restricted in Normal non-ranked queues.
“For a while now, the Competitive and Player Behavior teams have been working together to emphasize the competitive nature of ranked play, and we recently tested a new feature on PBE. Known as Ranked Restrictions, the experiment restricted the in-game chat of negative players and prevented them from joining ranked queues until they’d completed the required number of games,” said Riot Shalkar, one of Riot’s admins, in a blog post on the European League of Legends forum. “While the majority of players will not be affected by this ruling, we wanted to message it well in advance so that players concerned about their behavior have more than enough time to adjust and reform before the end of the season,” he added.
The feature is being rolled out to live servers in North America and Europe and the company plans to roll out the feature to other regions if the live test on NA and EU prove to be successful. League of Legends is one of the biggest games in the world with Riot revealing last January that the game has at least 27 million active players daily which leads to the inevitability of toxic and possible dangerous players.