Professional Player Banned from League of Legends

Riot Games took another step forward recently when they announced the suspension of professional League of Legends player Christian “IWillDominate” Riviera, of Team Dignitas. He is no longer able to compete in the game for one year. Prior to this suspension, IWillDominate had been warned multiple times on eight separate occasions. Such offences include in-game harassment, verbal abuse, offensive language, and negative attitude. One of the darker sides of League of Legends is the perception of the toxic player community behind it. Riot Games instituted the tribunal system for players to police their peers and recently established the Honor system to have players reward other players for positive attitudes and behavior.

It’s understandable that companies like Riot would be hesitant to drop ban hammers on rockstars like IWillDominate, as they can help attract both new players and viewers. But this decision sends a new, clear message: if you’re a pro, with big companies sponsoring you, it’s time to start thinking about the image and reputation you’re projecting. Just because you’re getting paid extra in endorsements doesn’t mean you can act however you wish. Professional players, whether they like it or not, are the ones in a role model position. Everything they do is going to be under a type of community spotlight and it’s not possible to merely hide in the shadows of anonymity anymore or brush it aside thinking that there will be no consequence.

Riviera expressed his remorse with the suspension and apologized to the community:

“Today I was informed by Riot that I will be suspended for 1 year of the Season 3 Championship Series. Although the ruling is extremely tough, I agree with Riot that player sportsmanship is a serious matter, and I want to apologize to anyone that I’ve offended in-game and my fans. I fully understand that pro players are viewed as role models and should act accordingly. I’d like to thank my teammates and the whole Dignitas organization for the amazing year that I have spent with them and wish the team the best of luck going into season 3. Personally, I will not let this end my dreams of being a professional League of Legends player. During my suspension I intend to keep my mechanics in top form and remain a competitive jungler. After my suspension I hope to rejoin the championship series and once again compete at the highest level. League of Legends is my life, and I will do everything in my power to play as long as possible.”

Source: IWillDominate apology on Reddit

With the Season 3 Championship Series expected to debut soon, Riot Games is taking a sterner stance towards toxic behavior. This ban is expected to send a loud message to the community that enough is enough. No one is above reproach. In fact, a new division has been created specifically to address foul play and griefs. They’re called the PB&J team (or Player Behaviour and Justice Team, not the peanut butter and jelly team) and their responsibility is to examine the trends of online players. PhD researchers develop models to help track behavior and that information is used to help incentivize positive attitudes.

With IWillDominate being suspended and released from Team Dignitas, it is currently not known who will assume the jungler role for Team Dignitas in the next season.

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7 Comments on Professional Player Banned from League of Legends

Quinsec

On December 7, 2012 at 3:19 am

The reason I stopped playing LOL is because of the toxic player environment. I was new to the game, trying to sort things out and learn, and I got flamed after flamed for not picking the right heroes, buying the right items, or dying. People realize you’re new and they just leave the games. I grew up playing CS, so it’s not like I’ve never been taunted in a game. As an adult now, I simply don’t have the patience for 16 year olds talking like they’re hot sh**.

Underlaw

On December 7, 2012 at 6:06 am

This is absolute negative to League of Legends, the most part of upset players is becouse the Match making system in NORMAL games, is absolute ridiculous, u can have 2000 wins in normal games, and still play with players with 70 normal wins. And League of legends, have another issue, NEW players PLAY NORMAL GAMES! When they should PLAY CUSTON GAMES! Learn how to play with 1 hero, learn well, and after that u can enter in a normal game. New player just hit QUEUE, feed like 0/15, and dont want a negative atitude? This is a 5 team mate game, and u cant carry 5×1 no matter what. Thats why Dota 2, will SMASH League of Legends, in Dota 2 u can carry 5×1, if some one ragequit, u have permission to leave the game, they have a better queue system….. League of Legends is doomed!

David

On December 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

@ Underlaw

Grow up.

@Quin

What I’ve found to help with that problem is to find a group of friends to team up with. Makes the game a lot more fun to play, especially if you’re still learning. And then sometimes you’ll get lucky and meet an opponent you’ll want to join up with in the future as well.

Wesker1984

On December 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

Is BioWare involved?

Derek

On December 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

The bad attitudes in LoL are partially the fault of Riots matchmaking system. Back when I played I was among the top 10%, then right about when the tribunal was released, they released some patch which they claimed would speed up matchmaking time. Then, game after game I was stuck being matched with clueless players. Obviously trolls, new players with less than 30 games under their belts, or simply bad players with a heavy disconnect/afk count. Prior to said patch I had only been matched with such players on a rare occasion. I quickly became demoralized, and after about 100 of these matches I started leaving matches myself (which i’d never done in many hundreds of matches).

I then started playing Dota 2 and never looked back. Now with hundreds of games played and a 3 to 1 win/loss with zero disconnects I am ALWAYS matched with players who are skilled, professional, and never ever go afk or leave. That is not to say they are not harsh when stupid actions are taken, but that is just part of serious gaming. MOBA games are serious business and Valve was smart to segregate the idiots, trolls, and good players.

Quinsec

On December 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Video games are srs bsns.

Anathemize

On December 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Dota 2 community is terrible. I have had games where I was playing extremely well while my team fed the other team. I would just be kind and continue playing. I make one mistake and 2 people on my team will tell me to uninstall and that my mother should of had an abortion. Really?

For whatever reason Moba players cherish being total ass-hats to each other. I personally think it stems from young people not liking something to be their fault. So as soon as they aren’t playing well they will find anyone else to blame the game on.

I really wish valve would put in a similar system in Dota 2. It wouldnt solve the problem but it would improve the issue for sure.