'League of Legends' Streamer Voyboy Worried About State of the Game and Says Change Is Needed

The solo queue experience in League of Legends is one of the most important and infamous facets of the game. Players strive to climb up the ranked ladder, gaining glory and personal pride when milestones are reached or LP is earned. With such a competitive environment teaming up five strangers can tend to get a bit messy. Players angry at their allies over misplays or poor performance can lead to toxic messages in chat or players quitting in the middle of a game.

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Viktor is one of Voyboy's main champions and a staple of the game Riot Games

These criticisms have been thrown at Riot Games for over a decade, but some pro players and streamers seem to think season 10 has been the most problematic. Joedat "Voyboy" Esfahani has been one of the best players in the MOBA since season one, playing professionally during the early years of the esport before transitioning to a full-time streamer. On Friday, Esfahani had a particularly rough game, where his ally Solo (who plays for LCS team FlyQuest) intentionally fed the enemy team causing the streamer to type a lengthy response including "how are you still acting like a fool after playing for 10 years."

In a video released on Monday, Esfahani elaborated on his thoughts on solo queue and the problems that exist in the state of the game. "Season 10, the last five months trying to stream everyday, I've had the most miserable experience of my life and I'm not the only one," the content creator said in the video. Having people "griefing, stream sniping or trolling" on his streams and receiving no punishment from Riot Games emboldens those that want to copy this behavior. Since players in high-tier Challenger can intentionally feed or ruin without fear of losing their account, unless they say a bad word that gets triggered by the auto-moderator, then why shouldn't viewers?

"There is a problem with League, a problem with the state of the game and a problem with the player base," Esfahani said. "There's no respect for the game or worry about getting banned, these things need to change."

The video quickly hit the front page of the League of Legends reddit and has since amassed over 25,000 upvotes. George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis, owner of the esports organization Counter Logic Gaming, responded in the comments claiming that he "pushed for changes through and through at Riot over the last 8 years through many different channels."

Riot Games has tried to use other moderation tools outside of the auto-moderator that currently patrols chat logs. In 2011, the Tribunal was introduced which allowed players a chance to vote on whether another player deserved a ban by looking at their chat logs. Though this system was popular, it still had its fair share of issues and was disabled in 2014. In a blog post from 2018 explaining why the Tribunal would not be coming back Riot developers noted that it was "slow and inefficient" and was "sometimes wildly inaccurate." The developers also noted that the Tribunal brought "a couple of things we know we haven't tackled in a big way, like more focus on trolling and intentional feeding detection."

The League of Legends ranked experience is a frustrating one, even without the Tyler1 copy cats or salty Silver allies. According to vocal members of the community, the moderation system implemented just isn't strong enough. With over 67 million monthly players according to Riot's data, policing all of them just seems like an impossible challenge. But as a player who's had a Shaco jungle decide to just lose the game because he wasn't having fun, some changes should be implemented to make the experience less miserable.

Riot Games declined to comment.