League of Legends’ Champ select reporting and muting test kicks off this week

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Earlier this month, League of Legends developer Riot Games announced some plans it’s working on for dealing with “game ruining behaviour”, which’s it’s aiming to roll out in July: reporting and muting during Champion select. Now, ahead of the features’ arrival on live servers, it’s time for testing – Riot says this will take place over two patches, starting “around the time” LoL patch 10.13 launches.

That’s according to a new dev post on the MOBA game’s site, in which competitive gameplay product manager Cody Germain reveals, “During patches 10.13 and 10.14, we’re running a two-patch experiment for Champ select reporting and muting.” This experiment will kick off for NA and KR servers “around the time 10.13 launches” – which, according to the 2020 League of Legends patch cycle is on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – and its scope will “expand” as it goes on.

Germain says you’ll know the experiment is live in your region if you get a “one-time notification” pop up during Champ select.

The dev explains it’s launching the first experiment – Champ select muting – to see if it “leads to changes in behaviour related to negative chat in champ select and in-game”, while the second is to “gain a clear understanding of how often different types of negative behaviours occur in Champ select, and the different impacts they have in-game (chance of winning, rate of in-game reports, etc).”

Once the latter experiment is up, the post says, Riot will use the data it’s gathered to work out any investment in a “penalty system” as a second iteration of the feature.

So, with patch 10.14 due to launch on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, and the following a fortnight after, it looks like we can expect the experiment to be running roughly between June 24 and July 22.