Riot hires Witcher 3’s lead quest designer for its MMO, imposes stiffer AFK penalties in League of Legends

Also, some Legends of Runeterra patch notes

    
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This news post is basically a grab bag of tidbits from Riot Games’ projects. That’s the lede. That’s all the lede you’re getting. I’m very sleepy, and I’m incapable of being clever right now. Let’s get to it.

We’ll lead off with a pretty intriguing one: Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, the lead quest designer for The Witcher 3, has been hired by Riot to work on the Runeterra MMO. Executive producer Greg Street replied with some high hopes for Tomaszkiewicz, writing, “His vision, approach, and commitment to resonant stories and player experiences are perfect for the new MMO.”

Tired of AFK players in League of Legends? The devs of the MOBA hear you and are looking at adding stiffer penalties with a new lockout timer that prevents players from entering their next match for a number of days based on a tier system. After the lockout timer expires, offending players will still have to face a queue delay as well.

Finally, Legends of Runeterra has released a small patch that adds classic art for Teemo and Fizz as free skins along with a host of bug fixes.

Riot Games is considered a controversial company in the gaming world following a 2018 exposé of the sexual discrimination and harassment inherent in what workers described as its “bro culture.” The scandal brought forth accusations against multiple developers and high-ranking executives and ultimately led to a developer labor dispute and walk-out. Lawsuits from former workers and the state of California, which has alleged that Riot is refusing to cooperate with its investigation, are ongoing.
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Nate Woodard

I think Blizz 2 needs to be pretty transparent if they want anyone remotely interested in their mmo. So far name dropping and saying you’re making an mmo isn’t much.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

The only difference between Riot and Blizzard is that Riot’s PR was slightly better; i.e., they didn’t let their inflated, narcissistic egos get out into the wild and almost kept their ugliness under wraps.

Doesn’t mean I’d play a game by them, even if Robert E. Howard rose from the dead to write their narrative.

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Bruno Brito

Almost. There was the “at least he’s facing it” debacle which was dogshit.

Also, wasn’t there a PR by Blizzard defending Riot? And we all kinda thought it was them just feeling for the developers? Hah.

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Fisty

No amount of good hires is going to make up for the fact LoL players will be playing.