On MMR Boosting and the 2014 Season

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Riot Rhojin

Player Behavior Specialist

01-14-2014
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Hey Summoners,

With the 2014 Season quickly approaching we wanted to take a moment to talk about how the Player Behavior Team will be handling MMR Boosting for the new season. MMR Boosting has been and continues to be one of our primary investigation points throughout the year. We spend every day looking into reports from concerned players on the matter.

To start, we identify MMR Boosting as an action where a third party logs into a playerís account and plays in ranked games, thereby raising the accountís MMR and rank to a level that the account owner did not earn on their own. The Leagues system has been carefully tuned so that players are placed in a proper tier with others at a similar skill level. Abusing the system degrades the game experience for everyone involved.

On top of the damage it does to ranked play, MMR Boosting is a major account security risk. Many players shared their information with a potential booster hoping to get a higher MMR in Season 3, only to find their account stolen and sold or traded to another player.

Boosters are not only limited to those who sell their abilities. Someone can be tagged as a booster simply by playing ranked games on a friend or family memberís account. Maybe they wanted to help a friend, or maybe the account is shared between two or more people (or maybe your little brother jumped into a ranked game even though he promised he was only going to play normal games on your account); either way, the moment someone other than the account owner steps into ranked play, the violation shifts from account sharing (another major ToU violation, but weíre not talking about that) to MMR Boosting.

That said, what about what we DONíT consider to be boosting? From the reports we see on a daily basis, it seems thereís one misconception that stands out: players of different rankings playing together in a duo queue. As long as both players are playing on their own accounts, we donít consider it to be MMR Boosting. While we ask that players make responsible decisions on whom they duo with, we donít punish for using the Duo Queue option weíve provided for everyone.

Punishments for the 2014 Season will be the same as they were for Season 3. Punishments for anyone convicted of MMR Boosting will include:

  • A 2 week suspension on all involved accounts
  • The removal of all previous Season Content (Seasons 1, 2, and 3)
  • Ineligibility for any and all current Season Rewards
  • Permanent Suspension for repeat offenders (this will include any players who have been punished in previous Seasons)

Near the end of the Season 3 we began to receive multiple reports of Team Boosting. Due to these reports we ended up punishing 19 challenger and diamond teams in Season 3. We identify team boosting as:
  • Win Trading
  • A fellow team member playing ranked team games on the account of another team member.
  • A third party playing ranked team games in order to help their client achieve the requirements to obtain their teamís ranked rewards

Since Team Boosting not only affects the rewards and standings of the boosted player but the ranking of the team, we will be issuing the following punishments and taking the following steps in instances of team boosting:
  • MMR Boosting punishments for the Booster and the Boostee
  • Disbanding of the Team(s) involved in the Boosting

Me and my fellow Player Behavior Specialist, Keyru, will be around to answer questions or concerns you may have about MMR Boosting in the 2014 Season. Please donít hesitate to ask us anything on your mind; we want to put all confusion about boosting to rest.


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KanColle

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01-14-2014

You really need to put a restriction on players duoing that are 2 tiers different from each other.

Edit: I'm pretty sure if I got a bunch of Diamond players to duo-Q with Bronze-Silver players and carry them to divisions they didn't belong to, you guys would start looking into it.


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Jamaree

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01-14-2014

Huh...ok, just glad Riot is talking again to be honest.


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Jens DV

Senior Member

01-14-2014

Dear Riot Rhojin, I'm sorry for bothering you like this, but would you mind assisting me with something?

http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com...761&highlight=


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thepr0owns

Senior Member

01-14-2014

Well at least riot mentioned it, there seems to be many websites encouraging this practice. Thanks for posting here along with your usual Reddit post we appreciate it.


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Demacian Dunk

Member

01-14-2014

when will duo option be removed for ranked?
i don't like how 1 player can go and carry someone of lower ranked to a place where they don't even belong and it has caused more bad than good in terms of behavior and is an option for trolls and bandwagoning


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SwipeZ

Senior Member

01-14-2014

Well, hopefully the amount of boosting is decreasing because people see it everywhere. A player clearly not meant for said tier or division. On the other hand, I like the much harsher penalties involved, maybe even make some of them instant to really enforce it. Just my two-cents.


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RighteousFreed

Senior Member

01-14-2014

Is creating a new account and then duoing with someone on their regular account considered elo boosting?


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1337L33THeirm

Senior Member

01-14-2014

Oh snap! Riot posting on the forums!


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poporoporopoporo

Senior Member

01-14-2014

Quote:
Originally Posted by Westfuh View Post
You really need to put a restriction on players duoing that are 2 tiers different from each other.
yea, fuck playing with friends.


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