Riot Games has issued temporary chat ban to some of its more vocally rude League of Legends players, and according to lead social systems designer Jeffrey Lin, the result has helped many increase their win rates.
Speaking on the forums, Lin said most players rarely use the chat function, opting instead for smart pings.
“We find that many players never chat at all and only use smart pings and perform pretty well,” Lin wrote. “For a large number of players, chat restrictions actually increases their win rates, because being verbally abusive to teammates tends to make the team’s performance spiral negatively.
“We have considered restricting players from playing Ranked if they currently have a penalty, [and we] should have more information about this in the future.”
Earlier this week, the League of Legends team started handing out two week band to players who exhibited toxicity, with the most extreme cased being permanently banned from the game.
Lin said at the time that should the initiative prove effective, Riot would start rolling it out more permanently; however, every permaban case would be reviewed.