IWillDominate Tribunal Permaban & eSports Competition Ruling

  • Hi Summoners,

    Today I’ve got some tough news to share with you. We take sportsmanship and player behavior very seriously, and we fundamentally believe that pro players should not be exempt from scrutiny over their behavior. In fact, we believe pros have an additional opportunity to act as positive role models for the entire community.

    The decision to impact someone’s career is not one we make lightly, which is why this is tough news to deliver. Unfortunately, our Tribunal recently was forced to permanently ban a pro player as a response to his persistent toxic behavior, and after closely reviewing the individual’s case and history, the Riot eSports team has issued a ruling that follows this post.

    We fully understand that there are other pro players who behave poorly from time to time, and we do not condone any unsportsmanlike behavior. It’s important to note how severe and consistent the behavior of this particular individual was, as is outlined in the ruling. No other professional players in NA approach this individual’s harassment score – that said, we monitor all pro player behavior actively and we will continue to make that clear to all pro teams, and will take necessary action should any other players demonstrate unacceptable behavior in the future.

    Promoting good sportsmanship and improving player behavior is a mission that’s extremely important to Riot, and this ruling is a reflection of our commitment.
  • League of Legends Competition Ruling

    Player: Christian Rivera / IWillDominate
    Date of Ruling: 12.03.12
    Subject: Suspension; Violations of Summoner’s Code


    Facts:
    Recently, IWillDominate was brought before the Tribunal for consideration of a permanent ban. The majority of players voted to punish and today the Riot player behavior team has approved the ban after review of the case.

    IWillDominate has been in Tribunal nine times and punished eight times, including the most recent permanent ban. He has a persistent record of in-game harassment, verbal abuse, offensive language and negative attitude.

    Despite the punishments and official warnings, his harassment score has risen more than 30% from early August to the present date, placing him at the top of the list of North American pro players and among the worst 0.7% of all North American players.

    There also have been repeated incidents of similar behavior outside the game.


    Relevant Rules:
    The Summoner's Code establishes the standards of behavior for all League of Legends players.


    Analysis:
    IWillDominate has consistently engaged in behavior which violates the letter and spirit of the Summoner’s Code.

    His persistent tendency to engage in verbal abuse and insults, his lack of cordial demeanor, and his treatment of less-skilled players is unacceptable for any player, especially a high-profile professional player who has a regular opportunity to lead the community by example.


    Ruling:
    IWillDominate has violated the letter and spirit of the Summoner’s Code in a systematic fashion.


    Penalties:
    IWillDominate is ineligible to play in the League of Legends Championship Series for a period of one year. This suspension shall commence immediately.

    In addition, all other existing known accounts used by IWillDominate are permanently banned.
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    Originally Posted by ShadowKlown View Post
    lmao I want to see the statistics for how many cases are punished vs pardoned. I actually read the logs and pardon people who had 1 slip up etc, just to go back and see that they were punished by everyone else.

    The tribunal is so full of insta-punish, it's surprising more people aren't randomly banned, or they are and just never come to the forums to ***** about it.
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    Tribunal reviewers are encouraged to punish if they even see 1 incident that is worth punishing--that is what they are supposed to do. For a player to even get into the Tribunal they have to have received dozens or hundreds of reports by players that are 'neutral' or 'positive' in the community. The Tribunal system is designed to be extremely conservative and give the benefit of the doubt to the player and always, always avoid false punishes.

    For more information about how the Tribunal actually works, there's an FAQ here:
    http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=2411284

    There's an additional advanced FAQ here:
    http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=2726400

    Right now on NA, we went through periods where only about 50% of cases were punished. A lot of players felt the Tribunal was being too lenient, so we've been optimizing and tuning the system. We're currently seeing anywhere from 60-70% punish rates on cases depending on the day of the week. In fact, now that we've removed IP from the Tribunal and introduced Justice Reviews, there are very few players just instant-punishing or spam-punishing.

    In IWillDominate's case, his accounts were up for a permanent ban and were reviewed by multiple Rioters on the player behavior team and the eSports team.
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    Originally Posted by Raftina View Post
    While the facts speak for themselves that pros are not exempt from being banned for toxic behavior, I have to ask: Is the quoted section why pros get a separate track (eSports vs Player Experience) for Riot reviews than normal players?
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    For Season 3, eSports and Player Behavior will be collaborating closely to maintain a high standard of player behavior. I wouldn't say the tracks are independent--pro players go through the same process that normal players do for all player behavior systems.
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    Originally Posted by iiPaper View Post
    Wait, so why are all of his smurfs permabanned? That doesn't happen to anybody else.
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    That you know of...

    To be clear, IWillDominate's other accounts also showed extremely toxic behavior and were flagged by our systems independently.
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    Originally Posted by Farm View Post
    Wow what a ****ing joke.
    Do you not care about all the other pros that troll solo queue? Are you just starting this now?
    I see top players on stream rage at team mates and swear all day and you are just starting to ban pros now?
    LOL so dumb. I'm so disapointed.
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    eSports is going to be collaborating with Player Behavior and monitoring all pro players in Season 3--especially those participating in the Championship Series.

    However, IWillDominate had the worst toxicity metrics (by about 300%) compared to other pro players on NA so we had to act sooner rather than later.
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    Originally Posted by BelligerentGnu View Post
    And yet you waited until the preseason - the one time of year when Dignitas doesn't have tourneys to attend and has time to find a replacement - because?

    Trying not to be tinfoil hat about this, but seriously. A couple *days* after the last tourney of season 2, you ban a pro player.
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    This was a collaboration between eSports and Player Behavior. eSports had multiple meetings and discussions with relevant parties on both sides before they made a decision on the verdict and the timing. I'm not as involved in the timing side of things, so I can't speak to it.
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    Originally Posted by BelligerentGnu View Post
    And yet you waited until the preseason - the one time of year when Dignitas doesn't have tourneys to attend and has time to find a replacement - because?

    Trying not to be tinfoil hat about this, but seriously. A couple *days* after the last tourney of season 2, you ban a pro player.
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    This was a collaboration between eSports and Player Behavior. eSports had multiple meetings and discussions with relevant parties on both sides before they made a decision on the verdict and the timing. I'm not as involved in the timing side of things, so I can't speak to it.
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    Originally Posted by Rasako View Post
    if this is true then why do the majority of cases that I review only consist of one or two games where only one person reported the person in the tribunal? that doesn't agree with your post
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    The number of games in the Tribunal Case does not reflect how many reports/games it took you to get into the Tribunal.

    Let's say a player gets reported 100 times in 100 games. An absurdly high number. The Tribunal then begins building a case for the player. The Tribunal would then randomly sample the player's recent match history and pull a few recent games--it could be 1-5, but this number is not related to how many games or reports got you into Tribunal to begin with.
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    Originally Posted by Twomper View Post
    Thank you, Riot.

    There is a difference between friendly rivalries and outright toxic behavior and some members of this community think that spewing forth a torrent of vitriolic filth is just "friendly banter". It is not and negatively impacts the aesthetic and environment of this fantastic game.
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    This guy gets it.