As part of its ongoing effort to reduce toxic behavior, Riot Games is making a fundamental change to League of Legends: as of patch 11.21 of the league, /all chat has been disabled for matchmade queues.
“While /all chat can be a source of fun social interaction between teams, as well as some good-hearted jokes, right now the negative conversation outweighs the positive,” Riot said. a blog post. “We will evaluate the impact of this change through verbal abuse reports and punishment rates, as well as through surveys and direct feedback from all of you.”
To communicate between teams, players will have the only option of emotion, at the end of the game period, during which team-to-team chat will be available.
You’ll still be able to chat with your teammates, who may come with their own abuse service, and some players from League of Legends. subreddit The teams are expressing confusion over the option to keep the chat/get rid of all chats.
“Just me or 95% of poisoning happens in team chat? Disabling /all doesn’t do anything,” wrote Reddit user on-iron-207.
Lord_dust_bunny wrote, “I think ~60%-70% of my total friend list/all chats get me clean people in the game, and over 70% of the toxicity I get from team chats.”
Riot acknowledges that Team Chat can also be abusive, but says it’s sticking around because it has a better reason to exist than all/all chat.
“About this [team chat], we know that verbal abuse also happens in team chat, so disabling all/all chats will not completely get rid of abuse. Too much, even though it can host some negative experiences as well. We know it sucks for those of you who just want to compliment your opponent’s skin, or ask for a dance party at Baron Pitt. But we believe the tradeoff is worth it to reduce the growing negativity/creating all the chat in your game.”
There’s also some general frustration upon removing /all, though, even if it was an outlet for toxicity.
“This/deleting all chat feature is only a punishment for minority players who are good game and enjoy talking to opponents [a] In a healthy way, with some appropriate and good spirited jokes,” wrote user ThisIsSnake. “Why not associate everyone with high esteem levels and actually make these esteem levels both easy to gain and easy to lose?”
The league’s honor system, which indicates a player’s record of positive or toxic behavior, is one of the systems that Riot uses. said before “It’s starting to show its wear and tear.”
Disable/All Chat is the latest in a line of steps Riot has taken to combat toxic players in its various communities. Back in April, the studio began recording player voice chats in Valorant in order to moderate “disruptive behavior,” with the only way being to disable voice chat.
In November 2020, Riot publishes outline of measures It also introduced plans to combat toxicity in League of Legends, including revising the tier penalty system, additional ranked match resolution and automated verbal abuse analysis.
Team-to-team chat is similarly prohibited in other competitive sports. Rainbow Six Seasons sets matches for team chat by default in early 2020, citing data that cross-team chat is responsible for “close to 85%” of poisonings. Similar to the League of Legends update, something Siege fans express confusion On Ubisoft’s decision to disable cross-team chat while leaving team chat untouched.