Refer-a-Friend Fraud is No Laughing Matter!

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Mr SiberianS

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05-03-2012

This is suck a awkward situation now...


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Psyclone Joker

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05-03-2012

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Originally Posted by RiotRara View Post
Summoners!

We recently popped the cork on the second iteration of our Refer-a-Friend Program, so we thought it might be time to have a little chat with those of you intending to take advantage of this system. Exploiting the Refer-a-Friend program is not only unfair to those summoners who make an honest effort to introduce others to League of Legends, but also detrimental to everyone’s overall experience – particularly when the methods employed can potentially ruin honest players’ games.

Consider this fair warning. We’re going to be treating any attempt to exploit the Refer-a-Friend program the same way that we would any other fraud attempt. This means that our ever-vigilant Fraud Prevention Team will be monitoring the system, ready to pounce on perpetrators of nefarious schemes aimed at acquiring dishonest referrals. And once we found them, they’re going to find themselves subject to some pretty hefty consequences, including:

  • The loss of any and all content acquired under dubious circumstances.
  • A permanent ban from the Refer-a-Friend Program.
  • A suspension or in some cases, a permanent ban from League of Legends.

Our commitment to honest players has always been one of our ideals as a company, and the Refer-a-Friend Program is no different. We’re taking this seriously, and we hope that you are, too.
Very cool but what about the people that have already exploited it? I've seen loads of people getting 10k IP and up for just botting referrals. Are you going to do anything about them or just the ones stupid enough to continue doing it after this warning?


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Nekral

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05-03-2012

Man, Riot's really cracking down today.


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WingedWaffle

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05-03-2012

I have a feeling this is directed at smurfs, but how would one play with beginning or lower-leveled friends? Queuing a match as a Level 30 and Level 1 can lead to the Level 1 being horribly out-matched with a poor vision of what this game is actually like. Granted a smurf would also be an unfair advantage for our team should we duo que as two Level 1's. What would be a better alternative to these two options?

I think I may have missed the point of the original post, so second reply!

Is this a measure to stop the exploitation of Refer-A-Friend by referring oneself? The guide lines that were set down feel very vague, would appreciate boundaries drawn more clearly.


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Mr SiberianS

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05-03-2012

I THINK...

Instead of banning, the people which is what 70% of the community used bots and stuff..

Should just have the thing taken away instead.. of what they got from referrals than a perma ban..


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Alokin

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05-03-2012

Laughable. I already got my runepage, and I took full advantage of your system because you weren't able to predict it. Idc if you take my stuff away. Next time some of your overpayed employees should predict something like this earlier. And the bot problem is a bit more problematic, but ofc no one cares. <3


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Boris Jinneman

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05-03-2012

Uhm I've made 10 smurfs while I was playing with my friends who started recently and I thought 10 smurfs is enough so I decided to make one of them a sub-main to level as my friends are leveling. I don't intend on making new smurfs but that sub-main isn't level 10 yet. If I hit level 10 on that account does that count as fraud since it'd unlock the first milestone reward? If so, should I just make a new account that isn't linked to my main to avoid being banned?


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Stealthy

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05-03-2012

you can make a smurf to play with your low level friends, just don't refer that smurf.


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Pryme49

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05-03-2012

Riot, can we get further explanation on this? I feel we have a lot of good solid questions in here that need answers. clarification by your part could help ease a lot of people's minds.


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iVardansphere

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05-03-2012

Glad Riot is finally stepping up on this, people are selling these referrals on ebay etc and they shouldn't be able to profit off your guys' hard work.

My only question is, can you clarify how abuse of the RAF system harms anyone but the Riot Accounting Department? So far as I can tell you aren't getting anything that would make your champion any stronger than any other champion. Only skins, rune pages and extra champions available. I wouldn't say that gives anyone a distinct advantage over anyone else. Except for maybe Rune Availability, but then if that were a problem you'd have to segregate the people that are newly 30 and the people who have a lot of games played as they have the same advantage. I don't see how it hurts anyone if someone wants to smurf up 10-25 champs for their main account for rewards. A couple thousand might be ridiculous, but there's gotta be a reasonable limit here.

Edit: They're still dedicating their own time and energy (unless they're botting) to the acquisition, they're just going about it in a different manner. If anything it puts people without a lot of free money but plenty of free time on their hands to be on the same level as those with expendable income.

Also, I'm willing to bet that a great majority of the accounts that went towards Athene, Totalbiscuit etc's 10k referrals were probably either botted up or the result of a few hundred people making multiple accounts for that purpose. There's no way that it was all done legitimately. So are you going to penalize them as well or do they get a free pass since they're e-famous?