Riot issues warnings and fines to pro League of Legends players for toxic behavior

    
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The folks at Riot Games have brought down the hammer on numerous professional League of Legends players, issuing fines to four players and formal warnings to 12 others for “various levels of negative behavior in KR solo queue.”

The 12 players who received warnings rather than fines “[were] found to have exhibited abusive language towards teammates or opponents in solo queue games.” However, Riot considered as a mitigating factor that “the frequency of reported games was fairly low amongst each of these individuals and the language used, while not what we expect from pro players, was not so egregious as to require a fine or a ban.” The censured players include three players from Team Vitality; two players each from G2 Esports, Invictus Gaming, and Afreeca Freecs; and one player each from Cloud9, Gambit Gaming, and EDward Gaming.

The lowest of the fines were issued to Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov of Gambit Esports and Seunglok “TheShy” Kang of Invictus Gaming, who were each issued a $1,000 US fine for toxic behavior and griefing. Meanwhile, Afreeca Freecs head coach Yeonsung “iloveoov” Choi “was reported in nearly 80 games, which was more than 70% of the solo queue games he played in September,” and although Riot claims that it “saw no evidence of intentional feeding, and his toxicity varied over the reported games, the high rate of reports coupled with a previous disciplinary incident in the [League of Legends Champions Korea] justifies a heightened fine” of $1,500 US. And lastly, a Riot investigation found Jian “Uzi” Zihao guilty not only of toxic behavior but also of using an account not registered to him, which is a clear violation of the game’s TOS, earning him a $2,000 fine.

Toxicity in online games and esports has been taken much more seriously over the last few years; here’s just a smattering of the stories we’ve covered:

Source: LoL Esports via VG247
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Peregrine Falcon

I just don’t understand this. As professional players they know that running their mouths can get them banned, thus ending their career.

If you can’t learn to stop spewing garbage at least learn to keep your mouth shut.

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Armsbend

Most if not all of them are immature children. If you’ve been doing something your entire life past the age of 8 then I imagine it is difficult to just “stop” it. Especially when you have a captive audience – one that likely enables your poor behavior – not admonishes it like Riot.

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rafael12104

Not mention spoiled. Many of these players have been hearing how good they are for years and now are getting paid for playing a video game. Sponsors, managers and others coddling them along the way.

So, yeah. A bad recipe for the ego as some think they are bigger than the game they are playing. Reality hits them hard though when they stop getting a paycheck and they realize they have the skills to sack groceries. Heh.

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Bryan Correll

they have the skills to sack groceries.

Oh please. They’d probably put canned goods on top of the bread.

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Adam Russell

I suspect this is a “they need us more than we need them” attitude. It will take an actual ban to prove that wrong.

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Sunken Visions

This is like being berated by your parents for smoking, when they literally own a cigarette factory.

If you don’t like toxic players, don’t promote toxic behavior.

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I went to high school with a girl who was a vegetarian whose father owned a hot dog factory. She said she was a vegetarian because she toured the factory as a young girl.