League of Legends: The Tribunal
The day of reckoning has finally arrived over in League of Legends as Riot Games has rolled out their brand new Tribunal system. Today I want to talk a bit about this new system and give a little bit of a walk through of how it looks and works. With over 3 million games of League of Legends being played every single day, the backlog of reports against players from other players would be enough to bury and customer service department hopelessly to be able to process them all. This new system now allows player reports to be reviewed and judged by a jury of their peers.
The entire concept of the Tribunal bring up a new and very interesting dynamic in the world of gaming. Anyone who has played a game like this for any serious length of time has no doubt come across someone who completely ruined one of their games by going AFK in mid-game because they said their cat was on fire, or decided to intentionally feed the enemy team to ruin the game. The tribunal not only let's players feel a sense of empowerment and justice by voting to punish the scum of the community, but it also provides a comical (or horrible depending on your point of view) look at the worst of the worst humanity has to offer. Once enough votes have been collected, the case gets a quick final review by Riot and if your vote coincides with the final judgement your account gets rewarded in the way of IP (the currency used to in-game to unlock champions and runes).
Once you sign in with your account and begin, the very first thing you are presented with are a series of guidelines letting you know what sort of criteria you should be using to pass judgement. Most of the criteria is self-explanatory but in short you are asked to be familiar with what the reportable offenses are and to take the time to look over each case to make sure punishment is warranted. As an example, four people could have joined a game together and the fifth player as an outsider. Those four could then all report the fifth to spite him giving the impression at a glance that a premade group was trying to frame a solo player. Finally my favorite part is a warning to prepare you for the possibility that you might see some colorful language inside the files...
"Chat logs and other materials presented as evidence in Tribunal cases may contain language best described as vulgar, rude, offensive, uncouth, impolite, course, crass, colorful, or just downright objectionable. Please note that this content does not represent the views or opinions of Riot Games or any of our partners, and that by participating in the Tribunal you agree to accept responsibility for any exposure you might have to content of this nature."
Once you agree to the terms you'll find yourself face to face with you first case. The case files contain a wealth of information about the game in which the player was reported, probably more than the average scumbag and rager would have expected. (CLICKY for big picture) At the top of the page we can see all the stats for the player that game including everything from their kill / death ratio, item builds, level, time played, minions killed, even his DPS. Since most of the people who end up in the tribunal have been reported on multiple occasions outside of a single game, there is even a drop-down box at the top to go back and look at the person's previous games in which they were reported as well to see if the person is a habitual offender.
Below that in the next section, we see the actual reports from the players in the game. The report section shows you how many people in the game reported the player, which team they were on, and any comments written in the report field. Putting commentary in the fields when reporting players is not required when you send one, but I find that having commentary with the reports is very useful as well as wildly entertaining considering people are using really angry at the time they fill them out. Regardless by this stage you now should have an idea of the negative behavior they are being accused of so now you know what you are looking for as you look over the file. In the case above, the person is being a LEAVER / AFKer by members of both teams.
In the next section down, players get a chance to read the chat logs of the entire game for both teams. This is probably one of the more interesting sections because you get to read the inner team conversations of both sides, plus the chat between the two sides. Chat is color coded by player (the accused player is always in pink) and timestamped so you can have a more accurate picture of how events unfolded. In the case above, we are looking to see if the person being charged is actually an AFKer. Considering in this case 7 out of the remaining 9 people in the game reported him there must be some truth to the claim, but the chat logs only go on to confirm that the accused player pretty much admitted to giving up in the chat logs.
One thing I find amazing is how often people accent their stupid behavior in the chat logs. While proving the someone went AFK through reading chat should be something hard to determine, it goes to show you how dumb or arrogant some people really are thinking that they would either never get caught, or that the data of the game wouldn't be as detailed as it is. Needless to say not all cases are equal, some of them can be solved pretty fast especially in the case where you have some guy freaking out in his chat box in a fit of rage.
The only real beef I have with the Tribunal is the limitations on it right now where it only lets you review 3 cases in a given day. I have probably upwards of 1500 or so games of League of Legends under my belt, and believe me when I tell you that during those games I have crossed paths with some people that have intentionally ruined games for me or the other team many times. I find the entire concept of the Tribunal extremely empowering and satisfying because of all that I have been through, plus reading the cases is highly entertaining. If it were up to me I would spent a lot more time using this system than what it currently allows me, and Riot claims to be monitoring the system since it is still in its infancy. If it all works out they may be increasing the case load anyone can take on. It's also worth mentioning that since the entire system is accessed completely online through their website, reviewing cases can be done at any PC with internet since you don't even need to have the game installed on the PC to use it.
Leauge of Legends is an amazing game and Riot continues to improve on it as it matures. Considering it's free to play I would highly recommend you check it out if you haven't yet. Just keep in mind that the Tribunal is out there and watching, ready to bring justice to those out to ruin other people's games. As a rager myself, I'll leave you with this comic that shows the natural progression of a LoL player. If you're going to rage vomit all over the place, try not to let it spill into the game.
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