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The somewhat unfittingly named FORG1VEN, AD Carry of the Copenhagen Wolves.

To his fans, he is FORG1VEN -  AD carry for the Copenhagen Wolves and habitual flamer of solo queue games in League of Legends. To Riot Games’ player behaviour tribunal, he is Konstantinos Tzortziou - a bad example to the community, guilty of multiple violations of the LCS ruleset.

Riot have fined Tzortziou $1000, after a number of official warnings failed to lower one of the highest harassment scores in professional LoL.

In a statement this weekend, Riot condemned Tzortziou for his “poor behaviour” in both solo queue matches and community streams. 

LCS officials had issued “multiple warnings” over FORG1VEN’s in-game harassment, verbal abuse and “general in-game toxicity”. But beyond acknowledging his behaviour, the Greek pro had made no apparent effort to improve. 

Tzortziou has been the subject of “consistently more reports” than any other LCS player - leaving him with one of the highest harassment scores in the history of the sport.

“Tzortziou has continued to consistently engage in behavior which violates the letter and spirit of the Summoner’s Code,” said Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen. “His tendency to engage in verbal abuse, insults and offensive behavior is unacceptable for any player (even if provoked).

“This behavior is especially harmful in a high-profile eSports competitor who should lead the community by example.”

Riot have had no trouble in finding clauses of their Summoner’s Code which FORG1VEN has violated in “persistent fashion” - namely section 10.2.9, which states that a team member may not engage in “immoral, disgraceful” or unethical behaviour.

Is that the sort of behaviour you lot tend to see in the lanes? Has the implementation of Team Builder helped assuage that sort of thing, do you think?

Cheers, Reign of Gaming.

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Welcome to being a "Pro Athlete". Be careful what you wish for.

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Exactly. It's totally justified to give him a fine for this sort of behavior, and it might even be on the light side.

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they should just stop with the fines and if these people are being disruptive to the game ban them like they would any other player.

I don't see why people should be left to make a game worse for others just because they are famous on the internet, if it would get one person a ban it should get everyone who does it a ban.

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Well that's a fine line, because where do you draw said line on when to ban. Professional athletes don't get "banned" either. They get hefty fines usually.

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they do get bans on top of fines, it just takes a lot more to get a full ban, but it can and has happened.

but all people in a professional sport are playing against people following the same rules and terms, in LOL you have little jimmy playing for fun he mouths off he gets a ban, at the same time some bloke who is famous on the internet just gets left to mouth off.

so if the "pro's" were entirely segregated from the normal players like they are in most sports fair enough ahve a different rule set for their grouping, but while they are lumped in with normal people they should be following the same rules as normal people are.

celebrity should never be an excuse for special treatment more so for internet "celebrities" who have often made a career from doing what would get most kicked out of the game.

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I don't disagree. I didn't know they banned random people for mouthing off though..

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Being that ugly I see as something normal his frustration redirected to the rest of community

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