Determined to cut down trash-talking League of Legends makes /all chat decision

As an in-the-game tactic goes, it’s one that’s as time-tested as it is crazily effective. You know it as trash-talking, and it’s something that’s been raised to an art form by everyone from Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird to former Vancouver Canuck Alex Burrows. But here’s the thing: because it’s all about getting under an opponent’s skin to get them off their game, trash-talking isn’t about delivering platitudes. And well aware of the damage that can be done online, game developer Riot Games has announced League of Legends changes at both its League and Riot levels.

Concerned about in-game verbal abuse, League of Legends has announced that it’s disabling it’s /all chat feature in Patch 11.21. matchmade queues

“While /all chat can be the source of fun social interaction between teams, as well as some good-hearted banter” LoL said in an online post, “right now negative interactions outweigh the positives. We’ll evaluate the impact of this change through verbal abuse reports and penalty rates, as well as surveys and direct feedback from you all.”

Those who love the game within the game will have to be satisfied with watching and listening to emotes as well as unmuted champ mastery. CTRL+1/2/3/4 spam is also still part of the action.

The End of Game chat will take place cross-team, and Allies can still use team chat to coordinate with each other.

League of Legends notes that it’s not unusual for players on the same team to take shots at each other. It’s attitude towards that, however, seems to fall under the umbrella of “It is what it is.”

Riot Games states!

In its release Riot Games states: “We’re aware that verbal abuse happens in team chat too, so disabling /all chat won’t get rid of abuse altogether. But team chat also plays an important team coordination function, so the potential value it brings is much higher, even if it can also host some negative experiences. We know this sucks for those of you who just want to compliment your lane opponent’s skin, or ask for a dance party in Baron pit. But we believe the tradeoff is worth it to cut down on the growing negativity /all chat has been creating in your games.”

Riot Games has announced changes. But that’s not enough to totally alter the playing field.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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