Riot Games has announced it is removing all-chat functionality from League of Legends, meaning opposing teams will no longer be able to type to one another mid-game.
/All chat will be disabled in matchmade queues. While there is an in-game setting to disable this, it’s currently optional – this new change will make it compulsory (though Riot has described it as a ‘test’ and will ‘evaluate the impact of this change’ for now).
It’s good news for Team Liquid’s Welsh top-laner Alphari, who won’t have to mute G2’s all-chat shop promotions anymore (see image above).
The all-chat change will be made in patch 11.21, which is due to go live on Wednesday October 20th 2021.
Game director Andrei Van Roon, aka Meddler, and lead gameplay producer Jeremy Lee, aka Riot Brightmoon, said in an all-chat update on the League of Legends website just now: “While most of our focus around behavioral systems in 2021 has been on gameplay-based behaviors like AFKing and inting, we’ve heard from you that verbal abuse has been a rising problem this year, too.
“While /all chat can be the source of fun social interaction between teams, as well as some good-hearted banter, right now negative interactions outweigh the positives. We’ll evaluate the impact of this change through verbal abuse reports and penalty rates, as well as surveys and direct feedback from you all.”
Riot added that it is working on a number of other changes to address verbal abuse.
Players will still be able to communicate across teams using emotes, champion voice lines and Champion Mastery symbols, and chat to one another in the post-game lobby. And those on the same team will of course be able to chat to one another as usual.
“We’re aware that verbal abuse happens in team chat too, so disabling /all chat won’t get rid of abuse altogether,” Riot admitted. “But team chat also plays an important team coordination function, so the potential value it brings is much higher, even if it can also host some negative experiences.”
RIP those cross-chat ‘1v1 me bro’ challenges, then.
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