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Riot Games summons The Tribunal in League of Legends

by: Sean Colleli -
More On: League of Legends
Are some players getting on your nerves in League of Legends? Too many trolls and griefers for you to enjoy the game? Think the mods are clueless? Then enter the Tribunal, a community standards tool being implemented by Riot Games. At its most basic level it lets you and other players cite disruptive community members for inappropriate behavior, and either pardon or punish them for it.

Riot has a lot of redundancies and failsafes built into the Tribunal so it looks like it will be pretty hard to game the system or use it to troll innocent players. You also need to get moderator approval before you outright perma-ban a player, so as obnoxious as that sailor-mouthed 12 year old was, there will always be some objectivity to temper the rage. While I'm sure it'll need some bug testing this looks like a really good system. I wish Xbox Live would implement something like this, they need it.


Acclaimed Video Game Developer and Publisher Entrusts Gamers to Monitor and Review Reported Player Behavior

DUBLIN, Ireland – May 24th 2011 – Riot Games, developer and publisher of the award-winning PC game League of Legends, is happy to present the Tribunal, a new peer adjudication system designed to foster a positive experience for the game’s growing community. The Tribunal, which encourages players to participate in anonymous peer review juries, puts the power to enforce behavior standards into the hands of gamers themselves.

“Our goal is to provide an excellent gaming experience for our entire community, and because the words and actions of players have an impact on that experience, we must take reports of player harassment very seriously,” said Steve Mescon, director of community relations for Riot Games. “We feel the Tribunal is a very creative approach to policing player conduct: it incentivizes members of our community to moderate the behavior of their peers, creating a simple and fair system to enforce our standards of conduct.”

Available from the account control panel on the League of Legends website, the Tribunal presents participants with a randomly assigned harassment report to review. Within, jurors are presented with relevant information including chat logs and player stats to aid in reaching a decision – at which point they may vote to either punish or pardon the reported player. If a reported player receives the requisite number of guilty votes, their account will automatically incur a temporary ban. Tribunal reviewers who cast their votes along with the majority will be rewarded with Influence Points (the virtual currency of League of Legends) in thanks for their service to the community. Auditors from the Riot Games Customer Support Team will constantly review the system for accuracy and fairness.

League of Legends, Riot Games’ debut title, celebrated its first anniversary on the 27th October, 2010. Since its launch in North America and Europe, millions of players have downloaded the game to engage in session-based, multiplayer battles against rival teams. Built by a veteran development team, including original creators of the popular, player-made mod Defense of the Ancients, League of Legends combines elements of both strategy and competitive action genres.

About Riot Games, Ltd.
Riot Games is a direct-to-consumer video game developer and publisher of premium, competitive online games. The company was established in 2006 and has quickly become a leading global developer and publisher of premium free-to-play online video games for hardcore gamers, launching their debut title, League of Legends, in October 2009. To date, more than one million gamers play League of Legends and log more than half a billion minutes of playtime each month. For more information, please visit www.riotgames.com and eu.leagueoflegends.com.