IWillDominate becomes IWillSpectate
IWillDominate, jungler for team Dignitas has had his account permanently banned and also faces an additional one year suspension from all Championship series events. Although this is not the first high profile player to be banned, this is without a doubt the biggest name to face the banhammer. Riot evidently did not take this decision lightly and IWillDominate had plenty of chances to prove his behaviour. In fact, this was the ninth time he had been placed into the tribunal, being punished in eight of thoseÂ occasions.
An exceptional case
RiotÂ acknowledgesÂ that a lot of pro players aren’t always a shining example of good behaviour and stated that they do not condone such behaviour. However, IWillDominate was exceptionally bad. As mentioned earlier, he had previously been punished by the tribunal seven times and his “harassment score” declined by 30% instead of improving. In fact, he was the worst among pro players and within the worst 0.7% of the whole community.
This is also the first time that a player has faced suspension from competitive events and Riot is making a real statement of intent. Team Dignitas is going to have to find a replacement for Season 3.
Riot’s thread announcing the ban can be found here.
Reaction to the ban
Public reaction to the ban is generally supportive of it, with many people saying they’d personally experienced or spectated how bad IWillDominate could be in games. The fact that his account was banned is generally a viewpoint that is hard to argue against. The only point of debate is whether the year suspension from competitive events is a good idea.
I personally think there was no other reasonable choice. Riot wants to send a message that toxic behaviour is not allowed. To identify a player as “toxic” and then allow them to continue being a public figure within the game would be hypocritical and self defeating. However, I cannot help but feel sorry for Team Dignitas, who had shown real improvement as a team in the last half a year. They’ll now need to find themselves a new jungler.
As of yet, there is no official Dignitas announcement on the topic.
Here’s hoping that this sets a clear message to pro players and there are no more cases like this.