Riot announced today that he will disable chatting between opponents League of Legends teams in the next update of the game as a way to reduce the toxicity that is often present in these conversations.
“While the whole chat can be the source of enjoyable social interaction between teams as well as some good hearted play, now negative interactions are greater than positive ones,” explained the team. development in official blog post attributed to game director Andrei “Meddler” van Roon and lead gameplay producer Jeremy “Brightmoon” Lee. “We will assess the impact of this change through reports of verbal abuse and penalty rates, as well as surveys and direct feedback from all of you.”
League of Legends players were previously able to switch / chat all chat but the feature was activated automatically, leaving the potential for players to be unwittingly bombarded with hate messages.
The current plan, van Roon elaborated on Twitter, is to leave / chat all disabled for the following patches and then survey the players for their opinions on whether they want to keep the change or return to the previous system. The decision may even differentiate by region if experiences are sufficiently varied.
The news was greeted with it mixed reactions from League of Legends community, with many indicating that toxic behavior was more of a problem in team chat than in interactions with opponents. Some have even described moments of camaraderie, especially between opposing players of the same role. But being able to talk to allies is vital to this type of competitive game, the chat team keeps going for now.
“We know this is hard for those of you who just want to complement your opponent’s lane skin or ask for a dance party in the Baron’s pit,” Riot added. “But we believe compromise is worthwhile to reduce the growing negativity / all chat has been creating in your games.”
League of Legends patch 11.21 is scheduled for next Wednesday, October 20th.