Riot’s recent announcement states that it will disable chat between opposing League of Legends teams in the game’s next update. This is an attempt to reduce toxicity that’s often present in the game.
No More /All Chat…For Now
This update was brought to light in a blog post on the official website. It is attributed to game director Andrei “Meddler” van Roon and lead gameplay producer Jeremy “Brightmoon” Lee. The post mentions that while /all chat can be fun and interactive, the negatives currently 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,” it says.
The current plan is to disable /all chat for the next few patches, van Roon says on Twitter. Then, based on the opinions and feedback from the community, Riot will either reverse the change or keep it disabled. Moreover, they may keep or revert the change based on region, depending on the outcome. Another potential outcome would be to change which queues this would apply to.
Screenshot taken from Twitter
“/All chat is the only thing being disabled. Enemies will still be able to hear and see your emotes and champ mastery (unless muted), as well as CTRL+1/2/3/4 spam. End of Game chat will still be cross-team. Allies will still be able to coordinate with each other in team chat.” says Riot.
The Community’s Reaction
The announcement was met with mixed reactions from the community. A common sentiment is that disabling /all chat is the wrong solution and that a better report system with harsher penalties would make more sense. People have also proposed implementing an Honor system to punish toxic players by limiting their chat instead of a blanket removal of /all chat on the whole community.
Patch 11.21 arrives on the 20th of October. Don’t be surprised when you can’t use League of Legends all chat after that! You can read the official blog post here. For more League of Legends news, you can follow us here.