LeaverBuster FAQ

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Zileas

VP of Game Design

12-14-2010
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On December 14th, we launched our automated leaver banning system. The purpose of this system is to disuade players from leaving games. We do this first by giving a warning, and then banning in larger and larger increments when players leave games.

This system works a lot like a driver's license points system. Every time you leave, we consider you to be a bit more of a leaver. Eventually, we punish you. Conversely, not leaving a game for a long time, and just not leaving in general, both make us consider you in better standing.

Q: I just got disconnected from two games! Am I Going to get banned?
A: Probably not. The system will nail you only for a pattern of doing this. Two leaves may be sufficient to give you an automated warning, but it is not likely to ban you in MOST situations.

Q: This sucks. I just leave when my teammates are newbs.
A: Newbs hate it when people leave too.

Q: This sucks, my internet is terrible because [insert provider here] is horrible. Is there a God? This isn't fair.
A: You are ruining other people's experience if you are frequently leaving, regardless of the reason you are leaving. Riot games has a policy of not answering theological questions.

Q: How long can I get banned for?
A: The automated system can ban you for anywhere between 1 hour and 7 days for any particular issue. However, we will be sweeping the records, and will periodically perma-ban people that hit the 7 day ban too many times.

Q: How do I 'work off' leaves?
A: You can points either through time (having no penalties for several weeks), and through every game you complete in matchmaking that was not a leave.

Q: Are ranked, normal and practice games treated differently?
A: At present, we give double penalties on ranked game leaves, because like, it's a bigger deal. We don't track leaves for purpose of leave banning in practice games at present.

Q: Can I get a leave for quitting a co-op vs AI game?
A: Yes. You are also abandoning your fellow players there.

Q: I left a lot in the past. Does this mean I will find myself banned automatically?
A: No. This only applies to your future actions. If you have not already been banned for leaving, consider it a holiday gift from us to you, and a chance at redemption. Don't abuse it, because a ban will be coming quickly if you DO leave a significant amount in the future.

Q: I'm a paying user. Shouldn't I get a bit of leniency on this?
A: No, we are firmly against leaving, and we won't condone leaving in any way.

*Updated April 11th, 2011.


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EquisScry

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12-14-2010

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Originally Posted by Zileas View Post
Q:This sucks, my internet is terrible because [insert provider here] is horrible. Is there a God? This isn't fair.
A:You are ruining other people's experience if you are frequently leaving, regardless of the reason you are leaving. Riot games has a policy of not answering theological questions.

Q:Are ranked, normal and practice games treated differently?
A:At present, we give double penalties on ranked game leaves, because like, it's a bigger deal.
People have been saying these 2 things forever. So nice to finally see a Red agree with these 2 views so I can point here when someone blames their Internet and says they shouldn't be blamed when they have never even tried to fix their router/provider. Or that ranked games are just as important as normal.


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AdorableSatan

Senior Member

12-14-2010

What if Kanye takes my mouse? Will I get banned?


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Tealkan

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Recruiter

12-14-2010

I like this system. It looks like its just what was needed to deal with the constant problem of leavers ruining games. <3


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sleepyj101

Senior Member

12-14-2010

Woot!


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Toddles

Senior Member

12-14-2010

That didn't really explain anything.

How many, and what timeframe, are people going to start being acted against?


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The Reaver

Senior Member

12-14-2010

Does this replace the current system of permanent leaver points? In other words, will your permanent leaver points decay over time?

Also what's a ranged game? >_>


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Aes

Senior Member

12-14-2010

QQ will never die


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IMLOwl

Senior Member

12-14-2010

Thanks for the FAQ. I had a similar questions about ranged matches. Nerf ranged.


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TrololoGaba

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12-14-2010

Lets see..