The new season of League of Legends has had its Ranked Rewards rules slightly tweaked. Whilst mostly the same as last season’s, there is now a little leeway for toxic players that have put in the effort to reform their behaviour.
Talking in an ask.fm post, Riot’s Jeffrey ‘Lyte’ Lin explained that behaviour such as racism or sexism will mean being excluded from Ranked Rewards.
“We have a zero tolerance policy against things like racism, sexism, homophobia and other kinds of hate speech,” he said.
“There are some slight changes [this time out] because we always want to encourage reform, and celebrate players that successfully reform by the end of the season,” he explained. “Players that got a Chat or Ranked Restriction during the season, but manage to reform and DO NOT HAVE active Chat or Ranked Restrictions by the season end cutoff will still get their Ranked Rewards.
“Players that still have active Chat or Ranked Restrictions by the season end cutoff will not be eligible.”
Riot seem to understand that certain examples of “toxic” behaviours is actually caused by ISP or hardware failures, so players who have picked up a few Low Priority Queues because of dropped connections or computer crashes will still be eligible for Ranked Rewards.
“However, extremely chronic leavers that have left a huge fraction of their games or hundreds and hundreds of games will not receive Ranked Rewards,” he said. “These are players that have ruined hundreds of thousands of games, and have had multiple 20 minute Low Priority Queues.”
If you’ve collected any seven or 14-day bans for bad behaviour, you can forget Ranked Rewards entirely. Picking up any of these bans in the 2015 season automatically excludes you from Ranked Rewards, as players who have these bans have “shown some of the most egregious behaviors in the game.”