League competitive gameplay product manager Cody “Codebear” Germain updated fans on behavioral systems, explaining that Riot will soon be able to identify AFK players and intentional feeders at “double the rate.” And players unfortunate enough to get griefers on their team will get LP mitigation and early surrender options.
Another player behavior update from the team:
The parts I’m most excited about
-LP mitigation if your teammate afks
-early surrender if you have an afk
-doubling the effectiveness of our int detection
This is still just a start, we have more cominghttps://t.co/f4jWFVXnJH
— Mark Yetter (@MarkYetter) July 31, 2020
The Riot dev explained that the team manually reviewed hundreds of VODs to better verify griefers, helping them improve the detection of disruptive behavior. Doubling the current rate of identifying these behaviors will help culprits be penalized more often and inform players that their reports are working.
Some of the detection improvements are already live from Patch 10.15 and new iterations will deploy in the “next couple of patches.”
A few short-term goals to solve the griefing issue include early surrender options when you have an AFK player in your game, LP mitigation for ranked games after a loss, stricter queue lockouts for AFK players, and pre-queue warning for those who disrupted games previously.
There’s no specific date for when these solutions will be pushed live. But “at least one experiment” will go live in the “next month,” according to Codebear.
Riot previously ran a “two-patch experiment” for reporting and muting during Champ Select. The two biggest trends found were negative chat and players getting their champion banned by a teammate. Riot will implement “better automated detection” when players are about to ban a champion that a teammate is hovering. And the company is looking into the best post-game actions for those who are abusive during Champ Select.
A couple of months ago former pro player Hai said that toxicity is a problem which needs to be fixed on both ends. Many believe the League community is regressing and a culture of toxic, game-ruining behavior is quickly spreading. Searching “toxic” on the game’s subreddit reveals numerous complaints from fed-up players, a topic also discussed by a multitude of pros and streamers. And Riot’s lack of action and underwhelming report system does little to curb offenders. To solve such a delicately paramount issue, “the problem needs to be fixed from both ends,” Hai said.
Hai’s recent chat restriction caught the ire of the community. Fans, pros, and content creators struggled to understand the punishment. Hai is considered one of the scene’s most upstanding figures, even founding esports organization Radiance around a culture of respect, friendliness, and positivity. But exhibiting mild frustration towards two griefers was deemed against League’s code of conduct, resulting in a penalty.