Riot Bans Pro League of Legends Player from Championships for One Year

While some may want to live in the past and engage in behavior that is less than savory while playing online games competitively, professional gamers are increasingly finding out that aggressive, abrasive, misogynistic, racist, and homophobic language is no longer acceptable.

Proving that point, Riot Games announced on the official League of Legends forums that professional League of Legends player Christian "IWillDominate" Rivera has been suspended for a year from playing in the League of Legends Championship Series. The announcement follows a previous announcement that Rivera had been permanently banned from the game for what was categorized as "toxic behavior." Rivera has also had all known accounts associated with him banned as well.

"We take sportsmanship and player behavior very seriously, and we fundamentally believe that pro players should not be exempt from scrutiny over their behavior," the announcement read.

In the past Rivera represented international eSports team Team Dignitas at the Season 2 North American Regional Finals, placing second alongside his teammates. Team Dignitas owner Michael O'Dell has confirmed that he will be replaced by someone else.

Source: GameSpot, image via GameSpot.

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    Anonymous Tom says:

    Isn't this "Rivera" the same guy that said he had "relations" with a 12-year old? If so, it seems he can't escape his past…even if the comments were "playful".

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    You know, there are some words I’ve known since I was a schoolboy: “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie, as wisdom and warning. The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.


    Andrew Eisen

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Watch Star Trek: The Next Generation, specifically the episode "The Drumhead."  It's part of Picard's testimony in a trial, where he's speaking out against the railroading of a member of his crew for a crime he didn't commit (that wasn't committed at all), simply because his grandfather was Romulan.  I don't remember the whole speech it's part of verbatim, only that part, and that he's speaking of the removal of freedoms.  The gist is, with the first freedom trampled, you have trampled all freedoms (with the first link, the chain is forged).

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    SeanB says:

    I know this isn't the best place to do so, but since we dont have private message capability, this is the only place i can do it.

    Your signature has bugged me for quite a while. It's factually incorrect. Where i work, we sell chain, and i can tell you that a "link" is actually singular unit of a chain, not the fact that the link is "linked". If you had only a "first link", you would not have a chain, you would only have a oval shaped piece of metal.

    With the second link, the chain is forged….. i guess it doesn't have the same ring to it, but still, it needed to be said.

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    DjangoDurango says:

    Doubtful. If he was so horrible as to get their attention, I don't think he's ever going to see that it was him that is the problem. But I agree that a temp ban is more helpful in the long run. Temp bans imply a belief you have the ability to learn from your mistake and correct yourself. So if he wants to play in a year, he'll at the very least learn to keep his disrespectful attitude to himself. And that makes a point within the game's community.

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    jedidethfreak says:


    "Temporary bans mean the people are probably still going to be there, still interacting, and able to chime in saying 'I was banned for being an idiot, it sucked, I learned, are you sure you want that to happen to you too?'"

    That's pretty much the polar OPPOSITE of what'll happen.  He'd QQ all over the place over being banned when he's played that way the whole time, queueing up a comment about his "first-amendment rights" and how "Riot's a bunch of Nazis!"

    It's what happens on almost every major banning for personal conduct.

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    Neeneko says:

    I disagree.  I think lifetime bans tend to just hide stuff under the rug.  They are briefly high profile, but because of their extreme nature they can not be used all that often.. but when they are used the people who go through them are then out of the picture, out of the group's consciousness. 

    Temporary bans mean the people are probably still going to be there, still interacting, and able to chime in saying 'I was banned for being an idiot, it sucked, I learned, are you sure you want that to happen to you too?'.  The lesson of their punishment becomes harder to ignore/forget.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Well, he effectively is – he has been banned from the game for life, and all of his known accounts have been permabanned.  Even if he made a new account to enter a tourney, Riot would just ban the new account, since there's no way they'd not know he was playing in the tourney.

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