Need more proof that Riot is serious about improving player behavior in their League of Legends MOBA? How about lifetime bans for two EU League of Legends pro players who were scheduled to participate in this weekend’s EU League Championship series qualifiers. Both players are from Team Solo Mebdi, and a third player from that same team has also received the now familiar one-year ban from participating in any LCS events, similar to the punishments handed down for iWillDominate, enVision, and Linak. So how bad do have to be to get lifetime bans? Let’s take a look.
Khaled Abusagr aka “StunnedandSlayed” racked up reports for Offensive Language, Verbal Abuse, and Negative Attitude in 18% of the games he played. That’s bad enough, but what really got him in trouble was his previous history on other accounts, including one with the summoner name “DarkwinJax”. On this account Abusagr recorded what Riot said was the highest harassment score ever recorded on the EU West server. Abusagr has been recorded in-game threatening physical violence to players, as well as a Riot employee. His previous accounts had histories of racist and anti-semitic behavior. He was reported more than 1,000 times in just 375 games. That’s enough to get you a League of Legends lifetime ban.
“No player, before or since, has matched this degree of negative behavior.”
Nicolaj Jensen aka “Veigodx” also has a history of toxic behavior that has now come back to haunt him. On top of three tribunal judgments against him on his current account, one as recent as January 9th, the item that doomed him to a lifetime ban was numerous incidents where he publicly and unapologetically bragged about engaging in a series of DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks against high-elo players. Yep, that’ll do it every time. Lifetime League of Legends ban for you as well, sir.
Both Abusagr and Jensen will have any future League of Legends accounts deleted, and will not be eligible to compete in any future LCS events. These are the harshest penalties Riot has handed out to pro players thus far, but these are also two of the most extreme cases that have come to light. If these guys want to make a living playing video games, League of Legends is no longer an option.
The third player from Team Solo Mebdi to receive a League of Legends ban is Simon Näslund aka “Rayt3ch”, who received the now standard one year LCS ban after being in the top 0.01% of players reported for harassment.
As a result of these three bannings, Team Solo Mebdi has been disqualified from the upcoming European League Championship Qualifier tournament, and will be replaced by another team.
The only real complaint I have about these bannings is that it seems to take so long for them to come around. These players have extended histories of extremely nasty behavior, but at least players are receiving punishment for their behavior, and that is a good thing.
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