With the most popular game in the world right now, it’s not surprising that Riot is forced to deal with some irritatingly “toxic” players from time to time. However today’s crack down is on an entire team for ELO boosting and one for seeming to DDOS an opposing player mid-game.
The near team wide suspension is of team Good Game University (GGU) which used client accounts – some of them with hundreds of games to their name – to artificially boost their own ELO ranks. They’ll have two weeks of down time, as well as losing all Season 2 rewards received at the end of last year – those include character portrait changes to reflect skill level.
“Elo-boosting damages the interests of players of all skill levels because it cheats the internal matchmaking system of League of Legends,” ruled Riot. “Boosting leads to less-skilled players confronting a far superior opponent (the booster) during the boost and also leads to less-skilled clients being placed onto higher-skilled teams after the boost has been completed.”
It was another GGU member that was targeted with the tribunal for the DDOS attack, but not just any player, the manager of the team, Sam “Hexo” Bouchard. Riot believes the evidence against him is strong enough to warrant a “first and final warning” regarding DDOS attacks against other players. “Any future such actions, or any confirmed past or future DoS attacks will result in a permanent account ban and corresponding competition penalties, as deemed appropriate by LCS,” reads the tribunal.
Riot staff also described Hexo as the most toxic pro-player/manager in all of North America right now.
Much of Riot’s evidence hinges on a video of what looks like Hexo setting up a DDOS attack through the in-game chat system:[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpPPz9SnEns’]
KitGuru Says: I’m glad Riot showed a bit of restraint here, as the evidence is far from concrete. However if this guy is as toxic as they say, I doubt there’s any chance he’s innocent. It’s good to see Riot keeping its house clean, a task that feels like a losing battle if you get a game full of idiot flamers.