Don’t mess with Riot.
Like any eSport game, League of Legends needs a level playing field for all. The balance of a game is vital to its success, with any unfair advantage quickly sniffed out by players and maximized to its full potential.
So considering the amount of hours put in by developers to ensure balance in the game by fair means, you can imagine the great vengeance and furious anger they have when exploits are found.
Which is precisely what happened recently.
Apparently, unscrupulous players — the polite term for lowlife cheats — have been using exploits to cast abilities back to back and add more points than normally allowed in Mastery, making their champions distinctly more powerful than those playing by the rules.
Responding quickly to the conspicuous power of the cheats, Andrew Beegle — Community Manager at Riot — left no doubt on the company’s opinion of those involved:
If you’ve been playing online games for any length of time, you probably know that most games eventually have to deal with scum of the earth cheaters that enjoy ruining your experience. League of Legends is one of the largest games on the planet, and the downside is that there are more people actively working to find exploits that create an unfair advantage for other players.
That’s bull****, and we’re not going to allow it.
We take this seriously. Nothing is more important to us than the sanctity of our game, competitive or otherwise. As soon as we discovered the issue, we immediately dropped everything to find both immediate and permanent fixes. I’m happy to report that the immediate fix has been implemented, and we’ll be restarting all regions this evening to add some redundancy which will prevent similar exploits in the future. As we continue to investigate and further analyze data, our primary commitment is identifying players affected and doing everything within our power to make it right.
Is this the end of people trying to ruin your experience? No. But we’re committed to stopping this kind of behavior in its tracks, and are discussing ways to increase our monitoring and development as part of that commitment. We have comprehensive logs and data that allow us to see precisely who did what, and also who was negatively affected by this malicious behavior. We’ve identified all of the players that have been using this exploit, and we’re going to be taking firm action against their accounts.
This kind of stuff is unacceptable, and will never be tolerated by Riot Games. For those of you who have been reporting the issue, thank you! We’ve been deleting all threads about it in the forums to keep visibility low, but we’ve definitely appreciated you making us aware.
Update: We have comprehensive logs and data that allow us to see precisely who did what, and also who was negatively affected by this malicious behavior. We’ve identified all of the players that have been using this exploit, and we’re going to be taking firm action against their accounts. As we continue to investigate and further analyze data, our primary commitment is identifying players negatively affected and doing everything within our power to make it right.
Personally, I’m delighted with such strident action being taken, if you have a singly player game and you want to use cheats, that’s fine. Personally I don’t see the sense in using them before you’ve at least finished the game once under your own steam but hey, that’s your choice.
But using cheats to get unfair advantage in multiplayer games drives me up the wall. Games have been ruined by such destructive actions to the point where matches devolve into hacks vs. hacks as players interested in a genuine challenge just move elsewhere.
League of Legends is a superb game with many players wanting to improve their skills and progress towards joining the elite.
Riot has shown that it is committed to ensuring that path is the same for everyone.
Have you encountered any players cheating their way up? Let us know.