The League of Legends playerbase isn't as toxic as you may have once thought, according to new statistics that measure the number of restrictions and bans placed on users in the community.
As of Nov. 13, 95 percent of active players this year have never received a punishment of any kind, developer Riot Games confirmed. This follows recent efforts from the company to offer up a substantial point bonus in the form of Influence Points for those who haven't had their chat restricted or account banned during this 2014 season.
"We've recently been focused on addressing extreme cases of verbal toxicity, and will soon be testing additional systems that address gameplay toxicity like leavers, AFKs, and intentional feeders," reads a statement from the studio. "However, it's important to keep in mind that players engaging in these behaviors really are not welcome in our community. Fewer than 1% of players have been escalated to a 14-day ban or permanent ban or even received a chat restriction."
Earlier this year, Riot began testing a new approach that attempts to curb racist and homophobic language, death threats and unsportsmanlike conduct. Intentional feeding, the act of dying on purpose to give the opposing team an advantage, was specifically mentioned.
Dr. Jeffrey Lin, aka "Professor Doctor Lyte," made the announcement on Twitter at the time and explained Riot's plan in more detail in a comment on Reddit.
"Today is start of tests where we'll be using a new machine learning approach [plus] Player Support manual reviews to target extreme cases of toxicity," Lin wrote. "Players that get permanent bans will see a ban code of 2500 during these tests."
Lin says Riot Games will be testing one server at a time "in small doses to monitor the effectiveness of the system carefully and minimize false positives." The test will roll out to all regions in the future.
Riot has also updated its policy on "publicly naming and shaming players" who exhibit ban-worthy toxic behavior.