Fantasy MOBA League of Legends
is (in)famous for its boorish player behavior, so much so that Riot Games
even tasked a group of 30 developers and scientists
with finding a way to get the game's expansive community to play nice.
The firm has apparently given up on reforming one player, though, as it has handed down a permanent ban to pro gamer Christian "IWillDominate
" Rivera for his "tendency to engage in verbal abuse and insults, his lack of cordial demeanor, and his treatment of less-skilled players." Rivera, who is a member of Team Dignitas
, has been brought before LoL's
player tribunal nine times, and Riot reports that he has also engaged in "repeated incidents of similar behavior outside the game."
The company's announcement acknowledges the effect the ban may have on Rivera's career, but it says that "no other professional players in North America approach this individual's harassment score," and "promoting good sportsmanship and improving player behavior is a mission that's extremely important to Riot."