Report: UK Anti-Porn Filter Messing with League of Legends Updating

January 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The anti-porn filtering law takes effect the United Kingdom this month, but according to a forum post over at the official League of Legends community site, the new system may also stop you from updating your favorite MOBA game in the region.

The filtering system implemented by ISPs may cause problems for some League of Legends users who haven't opted out of the screening. The patch for League of Legends accesses a couple of URLs with the letters S and E followed by X in them, and that's enough to get a blocking message from the system, apparently. Basically it means that you might not be able to patch your game.

A user named "Summoner Boompje" noticed this a couple of days ago, and posted about it on official League of Legends European forums. The URLs contain a couple of files - "VarusExpirationTimer.luaobj" and "XerathMageChainsExtended.luaobj" that the porn-blocking system doesn't seem to like.

Unfortunately if you are in a household that hasn't opted out of the system (or opted in as the case may be), you have very few options: some have suggested having a friend download the files you need, zipping them and sending them to you somehow. That's not exactly the most optimal or easy way to patch a game.

We also wonder what other services and files this new blocking system will mess with given that it all seems to be based on files and sites with names that might be misconstrued as porn links...

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Kotaku


Comments

Re: Report: UK Anti-Porn Filter Messing with League of ...

These kinds of filters are never very successful at blocking what they are "supposed" to be blocking (where there is porn there is ALWAYS a way) and they inadvertently block all manor of things that shouldn't be blocked.

Re: Report: UK Anti-Porn Filter Messing with League of ...

iId say it's highly likely that their self appointed internet cop sees this as a happy accident.

Re: Report: UK Anti-Porn Filter Messing with League of ...

The towns of Scunthorpe, Sussex, Essex and Shitterton feel your pain.

Re: Report: UK Anti-Porn Filter Messing with League of ...

Oh gee, the porn blocking system is blocking stuff it should not. Color (or Colour for our UK friends) me unsurprised.

I knew this would happen sooner or later. Honestly though, I am surprised by it being this early. I had money on 6 months. Dang, lost another "bad law failing" pool.

I may be crazy, but I am not insane.

Re: Report: UK Anti-Porn Filter Messing with League of ...

The false positives do not surprise me in the slightest. It does make me wonder, however, how many holes there are in the system where people under the filter can get porn anyway.

Re: Report: UK Anti-Porn Filter Messing with League of ...

Likely many. The filter seems to act on words found in URLs or page descriptions, as best as I can tell (possibly with a maintained blacklist). This allows plenty of holes for people using unconventional terms to lookup porn (for instance, foreign-language sites are probably going to be a gaping hole).

...I really shouldn't use the expression "gaping hole" when discussing a subject like this, should I?

 
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