If you’re a toxic League of Legend player, you might want to change your ways before the 2016 League of Legends updates get implemented.
As part of its continued push to combat what it calls “toxic behavior,” League of Legends developer Riot Games will, for the first time in ever, lock negative players out of an entire system in the game.
“If you’re a player who is punished for toxicity or intentional feeding or so on, you can’t get loot,” lead game designer of social systems Jeffery told Polygon in an interview today.
The loot system will feature chests and keys dropping upon completion of games. Keys can be used to unlock chests, which in turn will reward loot like seven-day rentals for new characters, up to and including full character and skin unlocks. It is also the first time Riot Games will be rewarding new character skins for free.
Lin said they are still banging out the details on the point at which a player’s account will be cut off, he confirmed that players who are consistently tagged for negative behaviour will not get any drops. Furthermore, players marked as toxic will not be able to use the upcoming crafting system, where undesired drops can be traded in for something else.
“We really want the system to be a reward,” Lin continued. “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.'”
Previously, Riot Games has tried to fight negative behaviour in League of Legends by withholding ranked season rewards, turning off default all-player chat and building an “honour system” that allows players to rate teammates based on various positive factors. Riot still has not given an official date for when the crafting and loot systems will be added to League of Legends. They are the number one priority for the developer on the long list of planned 2016 additions.
It’s also worth noting that teamwork wins League of Legends games. So if you’re a toxic player, remember that changing your ways now won’t only allow you to use the new crafting and loot systems, but your overall rank might improve.