Riot fines League of Legends players for “negative behaviour”


A bit of the pot calling the kettle black?

Riot Games has fined four League of Legends players and issued formal warnings to another twelve players over instances of “negative behaviour” and “toxic language”.

According to Riot, Danil ‘Diamondprox’ Reshetnikov of Gambit Esports has been fined $1,000 USD for “negative behavior based upon his actions and his prior disciplinary history in the LCL.” Similarly, Seunglok ‘TheShy’ Kang of Invictus Gaming has been fined the same amount for “negative behavior, including intentionally feeding and toxic language.”

Yeonsung ‘iloveoov’ Choi, the head coach of Afreeca Freecs, has received a fine of $1,500 USD for “negative behavior, based on both the frequency of reports and his prior disciplinary history in the LCK.”

Finally, Jian ‘Uzi’ Zihao is being fined $2,000 USD for “griefing his teammates and intentionally feeding and for doing so on an account that did not belong to him, either through account sharing or through a purchased account.”

Moreover, the following twelve players have been issued a formal warning for “negative behavior, which includes griefing or toxic language in chat”:

  • Daniele ‘Jiizuke’ Di Mauro (VIT)
  • Amadeu ‘Attila’ Carvalho (VIT)
  • Minkook ‘Dreams’ Han (VIT)
  • Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic (G2)
  • Petter ‘Hjarnan’ Freyschuss (G2)
  • Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen (C9)
  • Stanislav ‘Lodik’ Kornelyuk (GMB)
  • Zhen-Ning ‘Ning’ Gao (IG)
  • Uijin ‘Rookie’ Song (IG)
  • Li ‘4LivcloveR’ Zhe (EDG)
  • Jaeha ‘Mowgly’ Lee (AFR)
  • Hyesung ‘Comet’ Lim (AFR)

Riot itself has been in the spotlight of late for similar internal behaviour, with Kotaku issuing a lengthy report of sexism at the company dating back at least three years.

“For the past three weeks, we’ve been focused on listening and learning,” Riot advised in an update that followed the report. “As a company, we’re used to patching problems ASAP, but this patch will not happen overnight. We will weave this change into our cultural DNA and leave no room for sexism or misogyny.

“Inclusivity, diversity, respect, and equality are all non-negotiable. While there is much to improve, there is a tremendous amount of good at Riot that will drive this change. This is our top priority until we get it right.”

What do you make of Riot’s statement and this new batch of player fines?