Player Behavior is as it has always been. There are those who play the game, and those who want to be the biggest burden to everyone else. Ah yes there are trolls, and a lot of them. They’re not going anywhere any time soon either.
What do trolls have to fear? Honestly, let’s think about this, because I don’t know all the possible outcomes. What does Riot do to punish those who do not play by the rules, those who go out of their way to break the rules, those who make the game unfun for those who play alongside them?
Actually let’s step back and think about what Riot actually has for rules. The only thing I can think of is their Summoner’s Code, and that doesn’t come with any actual punishment for disobedience. Seriously check the page there are no punishments listed. Still, let’s have a look-see at the code and what a troll might do to go against it.
Support your Team – No communication, being negative, being hateful, being a ****, not playing your role, purposely feeding
Drive Constructive Feedback – No communication, being negative, being hateful, being a ****
Facilitate Civil Discussion – No communication, being negative, being hateful, being a ****
Enjoy Yourself, but not at Anyone Else’s Expense – being negative, being hateful, being a ****
Build Relationships – No communication, being negative, being hateful, being a ****
Show Humility in Victory, and Grace in Defeat – being negative, being hateful, being a ****
Be Resolute, not Indignant – being negative, being hateful, being a ****
Leave No Newbie Behind! – being negative, being hateful, being a **** towards newbies
Lead by Example – well they try…and there are a lot of trolls…so they do that really well.
So what happens when people go against the code?…It’s okay I’ll wait…they get reported? Fair enough. Then what? To the Tribunal! So you’re judged by a jury of your peers based on…stuff…whatever they’d like really, but let’s just say it’s the summoner’s code. Punishment time! If you’re toxic enough you’re banned, but you can just make a new account so don’t sweat it. Hey, but what if you’re not toxic enough? What if you’re a jerk, but not deemed ban worthy…then you’re…free to go! YAY—oh wait. So why not be a troll, it’s not like you’ll lose much and you can just go back to trolling whenever! AWESOME!
Riot needs actual rules with actual punishments. A ban means nothing if you’re allowed to make another account immediately. I know that blocking an ISP may block multiple accounts, some innocent, but trolls have nothing to lose with the current state of play. You might try offering incentives to those with good track records (like Santa-Nashor icon), but that’s not going to dissuade those who just want to make everyone else miserable. Better think of something though…That’s my two cents anyhow.