Riot’s taken one measure after another to try and “clean up” the often-toxic League of Legends crowd. When all else fails, it seems, bribe ’em.

Summoners who are at least level five and had a clean record in 2014 — defined as never having a chat restriction or being banned — can now log in to claim their free gift. Even if you’re like me and played only a couple of matches in 2014 — which makes it hard for you to misbehave — you’ll receive the post-Christmas present: in my case, a skin for Jarvan IV.

I might argue that for it to really take hold, it needs to be implemented a little more regularly. Players who see this and think, “Gee, I wish I’d been nicer” will probably forget about it come the later part of the year when that noob on their team makes them unleash a string of obscenities. But in any case, it’s nice to see Riot implementing some positive reinforcement to clean up their community.

I shared my gift… what did you get?

the author

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. SneezE on January 14, 2015

    Highlander tryn 😮 wasnt he a legendary?

  2. Levemec on January 14, 2015

    Super Galaxy Rumble, yay! Thank you Riot.

  3. lordNoX24 on January 14, 2015

    was banned for a week at least 3 times in 2014, still got Rocket Tristana skin 😀

  4. Mizhun on January 14, 2015

    The community and “competitive” scene is getting more disgusting day by day in the last 1-2 year(s).
    When they weren’t so hyped, they gifted RP for xmas for every1, not some random skin that u prolly wont use even once.

  5. Csander on January 14, 2015

    Wood Ashe.
    I’ve played some games yesterday ( haven’t played for about 5 months ). The community is the same, maybe even worse.
    So no, i don’t think this will help, on the other hand it will drive those bad players to do even more bad things with this game because “why didn’t i win this also ? i didn’t done a single bad thing” …
    But, thanks Riot for the skin !

  6. Leo on January 14, 2015

    Fnatic Janna

  7. wizardjian on January 13, 2015

    I logged on my main and got Noxian Poppy.
    I logged on my sub and got Noxian Poppy.
    I logged on my EUW and got… you guessed it, NOXIAN POPPY.

    • Adrian87 on January 14, 2015

      Wonder what were the odds, LOL!

    • Muphet on January 14, 2015

      they knew you have multiple accounts 🙂

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  9. 70calories on January 13, 2015

    you know a community is bad when they have to be rewarded in order to be nice

    • Bic Boi on January 14, 2015

      Careful now..comments like that are going to get you thumbs down’d. The truth is often painful..especially for what is widely considered to be the most toxic community on the net.

      To everyone else : This is not debatable at this point. It’s been said so many times..just a quick google of “league of legends toxic community” speaks volumes for this..

      • Adrian87 on January 14, 2015

        In my personal experiences i had much less enjoyable times with the DotA2 community (trolling especially – players throwing you into the enemy team and stuff like that), Orcs Must Die! Unchained (*flamming – in only a few matches i have quit after 3/4 players were flamming at me or each other) and most FPS games (cheating – duh). After 4 years or more of LoL, time in which i have never been banned or chat banned with thousands of matches played i will always debate the toxicity. It is highly exaggerated everywhere. Depending on the mode you play, ranked being more competitive with a higher toxicity (and probably 1-2 toxic players each match), while the further you go from competitiveness you get less and less toxicity up to a point where i find 1-2 toxic players in 3 matches of aram (that means from 30 players in total). And if you are wondering no i am not playing aram to run away from toxicity. I play it because i like it and i was playing aram in custom almost since it appeared, long before they made it a game mode.

        P.S. *i have only played a few matches of Orcs Must Die! Unchained and i kinda feel i do exactly what you do to LoL and judge the entire community based on a few players, in alpha or beta, in only a handful of matches, so i might rethink my displeasure towards it or give it another try to be sure about it.

        • Bic Boi on January 17, 2015

          You seem to be under the impression that I am exaggerating..have you seen the amount of results google turns up regarding this? This is not a misconception–LoL’s community is literally viewed as being the most toxic on the net. Seriously, go look. Search it up. I am not joking.

    • Xansus on January 14, 2015

      The larger the community , the more toxic people it have in it 🙂
      All comptitive games are like that , there are tons of toxic players in them , because lets say it we hate to loose and there are people that go crazy if they start to loose 🙂

      • 70calories on January 14, 2015

        I call BS because I’ve played numerous competitive games where it’s players where mature reasonable people. Every game has it’s fair share of toxic players sure but I have to say my experiences with LoL and Dota 2 where the top worst I’ve ever had when it came to it’s overall community. My FIRST match in LoL I was singled out and belittled simply because I didn’t choose the ‘right’ character no one on my team offered any advice before hand or told me which character would be the best for a new player instead they waited till we got in game then started *****ing the entire match and placed all the blame on me and one other new player because “We didn’t know how to play”. Hell half the guys on my team even quite mid way leaving me and the other guy in the dust might I add we where WINNING we wasn’t dominating the other team but we where winning in all honestey I would of called that a damn good battle it’s like if you don’t play the game exactly how they want you to play it you’re as good as worthless regardless how the match is going. I played three other matches after that with similar treatment I eventually just got burnt out and stopped playing

  10. Ice Breakerz on January 13, 2015

    Heartseeker Vayne, early valentines present. Too bad I can’t play Vayne.

  11. Shinjei on January 13, 2015

    I got an Infernal Nasus skin(legendary), I call that a win.

  12. Adrian87 on January 13, 2015

    I got the ninja rammus. I only play rammus when i get him in aram and i already have chrome rammus that i like more, but still Thank You Riot!

  13. Mr. Tree on January 13, 2015

    I obtained the TPA Mundo skin! What a nice bribe, I must say!

  14. Tech on January 13, 2015

    Luckily now the only thing I do is just log in to try to get first win of the day bonus then I stop.

    • Adrian87 on January 13, 2015

      I must confess i do the same now. I still have 3-4 days/month where i am in the mod for some LoL and i play for a few hours, but for the last few months i mostly just do my first win and log out.