Riot Games officially confirms that they are disabling /all chat in matchmade queues starting from League of Legends patch 11.21.
Riot Games started to take extra measurements against game-running behavior players due to the community outrage that occurred last season. In order to combat AFK and dodging, Riot has already implemented updated punishment systems.
Although the new penalty types somewhat did improve players’ behavior, many players in the community have been calling out Riot to take action against verbal abuse they encounter in matchmade queues.
Riot however did acknowledge the rising problem of verbal abuse and in order to tackle the issue, from patch 11.21, Riot is disabling /all chat in matchmade queues.
“While /all chat can be the source of fun social interaction between teams, as well as some good-hearted banter, right now negative interactions outweigh the positives,” Riot said. “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.”
/All chat is the only thing being disabled from patch 11.21 and team chat will still exist. League of Legends game director Riot Meddler said, “will see what people think of the experience with it off, assess whether to keep it off or re-enable.”
Although /All chat will be disabled, enemies will still be able to hear and see emotes and champ mastery as well as CTRL+1/2/3/4 spam.
However, a lot of times players get verbally abused by their own team, rather than the enemy team.
“We’re aware that verbal abuse happens in team chat too, so disabling /all chat won’t get rid of abuse altogether,” Riot on team chat. “But team chat also plays an important team coordination function, so the potential value it brings is much higher, even if it can also host some negative experiences.”
Riot will disable /all chat in matchmade queues from League of Legends patch 11.21, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20.