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Riot lays down the law on cheaters

By Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere
May 4, 2012 17:30


ImageRecently, reports about players cheating their way through Summoners Rift flooded the forums. Riot has now released an official statement saying that they just won't stand for this abuse of the system and our beloved game.

Anyone can see why having 0% cooldown on Summoner Spells is not exactly fair game. Hundreds of dishonest players used a glitch in the Masterysystem to create a cooldown of 105% and have their flash, heal or other Summoner Spells up throughout the entire match.

Some argue that a gamer is allowed to use a flaw in the system to their advantage and that this isn't cheating, others insist that you need a specialized client to create this effect and that it is indeed full-on cheating.

If there's any discussion about this being a cheat, there can be none about this clip:



The player uses a programme that falls under the "maphack" category: it creates visibility, revealing wards, neutral monsters and where enemies are teleporting, causing an obvious malicious advantage for the user. As far as we know this cheat hasn't been fixed by Riot yet.

In any case, Riot has released an exceptionally straightforward statement on how they're laying down the law on these cheaters. This extract from Lead Community Manager Tamat's post leaves nothing to the imagination:

"If you've been playing online games for any length of time, you probably know that most games eventually have to deal with scum of the earth cheaters that enjoy ruining your experience. League of Legends is one of the largest games on the planet, and the downside is that there are more people actively working to find exploits that create an unfair advantage for other players.

That's bull****, and we're not going to allow it.

We have comprehensive logs and data that allow us to see precisely who did what, and also who was negatively affected by this malicious behavior. We’ve identified all of the players that have been using this exploit, and we’re going to be taking firm action against their accounts. As we continue to investigate and further analyze data, our primary commitment is identifying players negatively affected and doing everything within our power to make it right."


Proving that they've combined these words with action are 622 banned players so far, and counting. You can read Tamats full statement here. Be sure to keep an eye out for cheaters and report them to keep our game clean and fun.



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