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IWillDominate becomes IWillSpectate

December 4th, 2012 Leave a comment

 

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 those occasions.

An exceptional case

Riot acknowledges 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.

-CynicalEffect

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  • James

    I had to play with that asshole so many times, if you weren’t doing exactly what he wanted he raged he completely deserves this ban and I’m glad I have to deal with less assholes now.

  • Jesse

    IWILLDOMINATE was a cock sucker anyway. Its about time something happened to this jerk off.

  • Player1

    Some of these comments are surprising. Regardless of what you think, the League of Legends community has earned some very negative reputation. It has been enough to turn friends that I have brought to the game away. At the end of the day we play games for fun, and it isn’t fun to have some rager swearing at you because he feels confident in his anonymity. Yes, the internet is full of ragers, that doesn’t mean it should be condoned (which is intrinsic in ignoring a problem). It has been a growing problem and something needed to be done to show that raging will not be tolerated.

    Riot has been actively trying to curb this reputation. Everyone sees it and appreciates it. The guy was warned, multiple times; and ignored the warnings. What good are warnings if action isn’t taken? The warnings become empty and are ignored. If I started swearing at all my co-workers at my job, you can bet I would be canned swiftly; or maybe even fined for harassment. The fact that playing League of Legends professionally to make a living doesn’t matter. Riot didn’t force him to rage and be an arse, but they certainly asked him to stop it. It’s not Riot’s fault that he was being stubborn and irresponsible. If your sole source of income is being threatened because of your poor attitude, it doesn’t take a genius to determine that you need to change your attitude.

    I think what Riot did was great.

  • fk u riot

    @caine
    WAHHHHHHHHHHH

  • fk u riot

    Fk riot

  • Nobody gives a Fuck

    Who gives a fuck, butthurt lil bitches

  • John

    @Brooks

    You literally just stated that people between the ages of 18 and 25 are “kids” which completely invalidated anything else you had to say. You must be legitimately ignorant. Thank God you are though, I really don’t want kids to vote in state and national elections, and I really really really don’t want them in the bar I’m going to.

    Congrats you’ve been upgraded from an idiot to a fucktard.

  • John

    You literally just stated that people between the ages of 18 and 25 are “kids” which completely invalidates anything else you had to say. You must be legitimately ignorant. Thank God you are though, I really don’t want kids to vote in state and national elections, and I really really really don’t want them in the bar I’m going to.

    Congrats you’ve been upgraded from and idiot to a fucktard.

  • Brooks

    Riot is trying to make a point here by this ban. IWillDominate constantly and on a consistent basis raged at other players, calling them fags, calling their mothers whores, all sorts of things. Riot is trying to seperate themselves from profressional players like these. But at the same time, it is also important to look at many pro players, many of them, are just kids really. I would say most of them are between the ages of 18 and 25, which classifies them as kids. You could compare the same situation to real sports, such as football, a professional football player does something that is detremental to his team or the sport and he gets suspended. If this player does it multiple times, he will most likely get released from the team. THe fact that he has faced tribunal 9 times and just now got permanently banned is kind of ridiculous, that RIOT gave him that many chances to get his act together. I guarantee now, most players who rage in chat and call other players noobs or fags of what have you, should tread carefully. In my opinion, overall, RIOT is taking a step in the right direction with trying to clean up the community as a whole. Some people might not see it now, but wait, this will make things better in the long run.

  • kingerz

    free dominate!!! he’s also back on new account on NA realm… funnyst guy so far, just mute Chat hahhahaha
    high elo, he stops raging now

  • AJ

    Watching him rage on stream every time he died at tournaments was pretty ****ing funny though.

  • Manic

    @bernie
    Furthermore, the guy, by virtue of playing the game (even more so, playing it professionally) had explicitly agreed to the “Terms of Use” which states in Section 5 Provision C that “Harassing, stalking, or threatening any other users in the Game;” is an offense that warrants disciplinary actions. Therefore, Riot is completely within their jurisdiction in issuing this punishment. Guy got what he deserved.

  • Manic

    @Koka
    You really shouldn’t comment on another person’s ability to read if you can’t even spell “loses” properly.

  • Manic

    @bernie
    Let’s see, you go off on many tangents about how his freedoms are being encroached on. Sure, he was banned for being a douche. But let’s back track a little bit. LoL is inherently a team-based game, there is no 1v1 matchmaking option. Success is almost always predicated by teamwork. Toxic behavior will inevitably hinder other’s ability to enjoy and succeed at the game. Now, you’re essentially responding to this as “tough cookies”, correct? People should just suck it up, right? Well, as wonderful and idealistic a society were everyone can just say whatever the hell they want may sound to you, it is just dysfunctional. I challenge you to go to a park, beach, public area, or what-have-you, and start screaming obscenities. Go yell at people and rebuke their flaws. While you’re at it, why not drop some baseless insults at them. Call them ‘fags’ or call their mothers whores. What would this make you? It would make you a sociopath. And historically, what has been done with sociopaths? They were removed. It isn’t conducive to the game’s community or its progress as a title to have figures as influential as him representing it in such a manner.

  • caine

    You are an example of Iwilldominate’s behaviour. Can i read better? no, i suck at english. at least some people explain it to me. I see my mistake now realy@Koka

  • http://www.solomid.net bernie

    problem is, it doesnt matter. you talk about “toxic” behavior and the reality is that because
    people are no longer to speak their minds, REGARDLESS of if it’s offensive or not, shouldnt be the problem. to this day if you think text written or an expression of someone’s opinion is wrong, you should stop reading books, papers, blogs and media. the news pushes the worst fear mongering out there, yet you condemn a player ive never met, and most of you have never met, but you talk as if you can judge his actions. grow a backbone. you can watch people wash away on television, watch buildings fall to the ground in tragedy with people committing suicide with the only way out or countries being bombarded with innocents dying but you want to talk about a career of text abuse. the falicies you present to each other proves how weak “professional” gaming is. you say that someone that’s upset shouldnt be able to present their opinion regardless of how vulgar it is? people don’t have the same tact. it’s a biased judgement and comments to this. it’s weak and it’s not logical. it’s all relative, to e-sports and life, if you can’t express yourself regularly, then why is it fair to ban someone for being a douche when you have summoner’s showcase or someone telling you how to play a champion when it comes out? it’s exactly the same. get over yourselves, you might not like the blunt reality im pitching to you, but it’s real and most people turn a blind eye to most of everything going around them, unless it “offends” you. you want to be offended, look at the poverty rate, or maybe everyone else outside the u.s. i feel for dominate, it’s bs and it’s a complete joke. welcome to having tact, and catering to every person that throws money, even if you’ve thrown just as much and play the game as a consistent.

  • Koka

    @caine
    wtf he losses all accounts idiot and that means he losses his money. Learn to read before spamming dumbass

  • Moon

    His career in League of Legends is probably over which is quite sad. It’s not sad in the sense that he didn’t deserve the ban, but sad that he was given so many chances and even then he couldn’t reform his actions.

  • VirtuousMonkey

    A crime has been commited by Riot Games. They’ve robbed this man of his career.

  • Chris

    Good Morning,

    may it be sports in general or E-sports if you abuse constantly your teammates or the opponent team you get a punishmet. I don´t get why people are so soft with the tribunal thing. What i thought first was: 9 (!) times wtf. Its ofc not exactly the same but image someone behave like this on an actual real tournament loosing a match standing up going to enemy team and screaming at them. So why does that never happen? Because there the players know how to behave. So why cant they in chat? If i can act like a normal person on LoL everyone can and i had all of these situations you may think of too. (Everyone has at a pont i guess). Everyone does mistakes but 8 or 9 times is way too much. Good decision Riot and please consider acting faster in future. (If someone gets after 3 warnings a month ban and still doesnt learn that you can´t harass other players he won´t learn it after 4 or 5 more warnings anyways). It´s such a big problem not only on LoL but in the internet in general that so many people behave so badly because you don´t have to face your actual chatpartner and i can just hope that things like this might have some impact.

  • Rod

    @caine
    Someone needs to learn to read a little better. If you refer to the first sentence: “IWillDominate, jungler for team Dignitas has had his account permanently banned and also faces an additional one year suspension from all Championship series events.”

    This clearly states that his account is permabanned, like other “toxic” players. While he can make another account like everyone else, he faces the additional punishment that he himself is suspended from all Championship series events (tournaments) in season 3. This last part doesn’t apply to the majority of League, only the ones who are pros. So while, he can make another account and continue to play LoL on it, that account cannot be part of a pro team for season 3.

  • iatre

    @caine

    His account was permanently banned, not banned for a year. He’s free to make an alt just like every other permabanned player. The 1 year thing is an additional punishment on TOP of his account being permanently banned.

  • caine

    Why does he only gets 1 year ban, while other people gets a perma ban?
    So the conclusion i’d make is that if you are a so-called pro-player you can get away with toxic language, but if you aren’t you get a permban and you lose all the money you spent on LoL, while pro-players can keep it?…

  • Nigja

    Terrell Owens, Ocho-Cinco, Randy Moss, Spreewell the list goes on. You want this to be as big as a regular sport, people like this come with the package.

  • freeiwilldominate

    i personally can see them picking either of the 2 punishments. Maybe a perma ban on his account so he has to start over and hopefully learns his lesson cuz he has to rebuy everything and relevel, or a one year suspension from pro play as punishment, but seriously? both of them? that’s going too far riot. bad language or not he put time and money into his account AND not only is that now gone but you have prevented him from continuing his career for the time being. the most i could have seen being done reasonably was the suspension and maybe having his account ban until the suspension was up.

  • Clay

    @Tom THANK YOU. Thank your for pointing out how ridic this is. Intervening in a career like this is much more “toxic” then childish language. I am glad to know there are some real people who actually live in the real world out there.

  • Iwillgetbanned

    @James
    whats the part which says that he signed a contract with some rules that you dont understand? And yes he should get banned for being a douche, he had been warned 9 times, so arent these enough times? And yes if his job is on the internet and if he is a douch in it, he deserves to be banned.
    Enough said

  • aphro sanurai

    @James

    If a pro sports player breaks substance abuse or behavior lawd do they not get suspended without pay? Rules are rules no one (but Phreak) are above them lol

  • Tom

    James :
    @Varik
    fuckin WAAAA… he was mean 9 times?? I mean you seriously feel like he should lose his CAREER for being an ass hole to people on the internet? A LOT of people are mean on the internet… You gonna go take their jobs or money too?

    You don’t get it do you?

    If this is his CAREER then he should be professional about it. Your logic blows my mind it’s hard for me to reply to such an idiotic comment.

    You say “A LOT of people are mean on the internet… You gonna go take their jobs or money too?” Are those mean people also making money off of League of Legends or are you talking about a janitor,cashier,engineer who plays League Of Legends who is mean??

    You are dumb.

  • Josh

    I don’t get why people are so upset about this. You sign a contract to play the game that says you won’t do this. People don’t think of it that way but those things we check without reading are legal documents. People want LoL to be serious but want to exempt if from this area. If you’re a jerk at a job than you lose it and it would be kind of a double standard if they didn’t address pros in the same way as other players.

  • CynicalEffect

    @James

    Watch your language. It’s talking like that which gets people banned.

  • James

    @Varik
    fuckin WAAAA… he was mean 9 times?? I mean you seriously feel like he should lose his CAREER for being an ass hole to people on the internet? A LOT of people are mean on the internet… You gonna go take their jobs or money too?

  • James

    @Eaderbug
    The part that gets me is all the people saying he deserved it… as if they would be ok with losing their job because they were a fuck head to someone on League…

  • James

    I just dont understand. I get that he was a douche… fine. I mean pro athletes are quite often D-bags and are so without any consequences to their career a lot of times. In league we face them and their arrogance or shitty attitudes because its right there so now BAM its different. Well its not different. “Deserve”? WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT MEAN??? He was mean to you so he deserves to lose his career for a year or possibly forever? How’s about you stop bein a twat and say hey… he is getting punished JUST LIKE US… that is what is called FAIRNESS!… Twats…

  • Varik

    I’ve been playing LoL for almost a month now. I can’t say I’m extremely good or knowledgeable about enough elements of the game, but there’s one thing I can evaluate myself on… I’m always polite or give constructive advices when I can. I simply love this game so far, at the exception of free insults out there.

    I can understand the frustration of a professional player versus others when money is on the line, money tends to bring the worst (and sometimes the best) in people, but mostly the worst. The point is; if you consider this game a job, imagine yourself in an office, suited up, combed hair, clean-shaved, polite, diplomatic, and so on. Is this being a game gives any right to reduced professionalism? It certainly doesn’t.

    And this being said, I frankly don’t understand people raging (this much) in non-ranked matches, where it is 100% a game. People do make mistakes (or are still learning) out there, but they would become much better with a “Next time, I recommend you do X and Y because of Z.” that with a “Lol wtf Ashe Noob.”

    All in all, 9 tribunals is a lot. Wonder why it ever went higher than 5.

  • Eaderbug

    Cheat at world finals : Pay a portion of your already huge money pool.
    Be reported for raging: Ban with no chance of money for an entire year.
    I say the account ban was acceptable, but a year ban from tournaments because he raged? Really? If you are going to go that route let him pay it off too? 1 year is a LONG time, that is an entire year out of his life, kicked away from something that probably payed his bills. Ban the account, make the time shorter or let him pay it off from tournament money or something. Just my opinion.

  • yeaitsjohnny

    pro or not he deserved it ^^

  • LolGamer

    IWillDominate apologizes on Reddit: (http://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/14a5ms/iwilldominate_banned_from_league_of_legends/c7b8mmq) :

    “Today i was informed by riot that I will be suspended for 1 year of the Season 3 Championship Series. Although the ruling is extremely tough, I agree with riot that player sportsmanship is a serious matter and I want to apologize to anyone that i’ve offended in game and my fans. I fully understand that pro players are viewed as role models and should act accordingly. I’d like to thank my teammates and the whole Dignitas organization for the amazing year that i have spent with them and wish the team the best of luck going into season 3. Personally I will not let this end my dreams of being a professional league of legends player. During my suspension I intend to keep my mechanics in top form and remain a competitive jungler. After my suspension i hope to rejoin the championship series and once again compete at the highest level. League of Legends is my life, and I will do everything in my power to play as long as possible.”

  • LolGamer

    @LolGamer
    Meant to only quote John there, oops lol.

  • LolGamer

    Kenshizzle :
    @LolGamer
    If he’s in the tribunal , that means people can only see what was said in the game. So muting works perfectly fine. If you stay around after the game to argue… then that’s just stupid.

    Kenshizzle :

    John :
    If they just muted him it would affect everybody he played with because he would not be able to communicate with them, so the only option was to ban him.

    strel2k10 :
    Not well done, i dont think that perma banns are the solution.

    Well just as easily people can mute him in-game

    This is useful for acute instances where individuals become caught up in the heat of a game and rage, but to see this player show up in your game and know you have to put him on ignore for his toxic behavior should NOT be the solution here, not with his chronic history.

  • Bob

    @strel2k10
    That comment kind of contradicts itself don’t you think? If there *are* 12 year olds playing, do you really believe they should be subjected to this kind of abuse from someone who’s supposed to be a “pro player”, and by default a role model? The perma-ban is due to the extreme circumstances and is fully warranted. If this game is meant to be for al lages, then there’s no place for it. If it’s meant to have an adult theme, the 12 year old example is moot. You can’t have it both ways, which way do you actually want to argue?

  • LolGamer

    strel2k10 :
    Not well done, i dont think that perma banns are the solution.

    The ban is for a year, if he can manage to figure himself out and not ruin the gaming experience for anyone he comes in contact with during matches when that ban is lifted, he won’t be removed again. I reiterate: he had 9 opportunities prior to this ban to figure out his behavior or just NOT say anything in-game (he, like any player, should be aware of the possible consequences after all!).

    If you don’t like the Code of Conduct that includes the moderators’ rights to ban people, don’t partake in that game – but by and large that system protects the majority of players who aren’t as toxic as this player was, so if you have to consider that at all suggests that maybe some anger management/other counseling may be favorable to you (spoken generally).

    If they did not remove chronically toxic players, despite many warnings that include the message that *your account may be banned for continued violations,* then they would be running a poor ship.

  • Alex

    Rage at the screen, not at your team. One of the most frustrating ways to lose is to see your team devolve into a flaming match and then have any sort of cooperation just fly out the window.

  • Kenshizzle

    @LolGamer
    If he’s in the tribunal , that means people can only see what was said in the game. So muting works perfectly fine. If you stay around after the game to argue… then that’s just stupid.

  • John

    @Jeff being bad at a game isn’t something that should be punished.However if they are good at the game and just trolling it’s another story but you can’t just say only good players can play your game.It’s a stupid business choice and a terrible one to make if you want the gaming community to respect you in any way.

  • strel2k10
  • http://frontand.de Niclas

    @Josh WTF are you talking about? Do you think he would change his behaviour after 9 bans/warnings? No. And to have a muted player in your team because he was punished is exactly the same thing as you have a toxic player in your team. It wouldn’t help the player and the team.

    He had enough time to change his style and he didn’t learn anything. Riot did the right thing.

  • LolGamer

    Kenshizzle :
    Well just as easily people can mute him in-game

    This is useful for acute instances where individuals become caught up in the heat of a game and rage, but to see this player show up in your game and know you have to put him on ignore for his toxic behavior should NOT be the solution here, not with his chronic history.

  • strel2k10

    Not well done, i dont think that perma banns are the solution. A big number of players have spend a lot of money on their accounts, money that they cant get back. And riot just takes it all away like its nothing. Yes, they did ward him, but riot needs to come with another solution that not a permanent ban from the game. There are kids playing this game, i mean 12 years old and so, dont you think its to much to just take an account out of some one ?@LolGamer

  • Kenshizzle

    Well just as easily people can mute him in-game, he could do the same to anyone talking trash toward him. The ban on competitive events may seem too far… but he’s a public figure… and riot has to protect them selves in situations like this. This stuff happens in other games as well… it may not be by the company.. but team owners ban or suspend players if they’re being this careless. I know he’s just a person.. but when you’re setting an example… you have to show some constraint.

  • LolGamer

    As with any other game, there is a Code of Conduct (CoC) with consequences when that CoC is violated. LoL has clearly been lenient with this player as evidenced by his repeated history of offenses and punishments. LoL has reported that most players who are punished by the Tribunal do not revisit the Tribunal – thus serving the purpose of that system to attenuate for toxic behavior.

    LoL wants to help players have an enjoyable experience without rampant negativity and CoC violations, so people can go through the Tribunal several times, and they realize people are going to be upset and/or rage sometimes. This guy clearly had no intention of ever making an effort to fulfill the game’s CoC with his numerous violations. Thus, he was removed from the community.

    It was his job somewhere in his history of 9 bouts with the Tribunal to straighten himself out or just stay silent in chat when he rages; but he didn’t. It isn’t everyone else’s job to manage a chronically toxic player, it is that individual’s place, or they will be removed, as shown here. Well done, Riot.

  • ruLlzzzz

    Good evening,

    Well, I think he’s going to be an example for what Riot does about the “toxic” players around the community of LoL. But the criteria should be the same for everyone, pro or no pro..! It is hard for Riot to do something like this because they also know that they will be prejudicating a pro-team and a very well known one.. But still he is a LoL player like everyone else and he should respect the summoner code. 9 times is alot, so he should suffer the consequences of his acts. I feel sorry for his team.. But bad things sometimes bring good things, and I know Team Dignitas will come on top with this.. !

    BUT.. forgiving is also a gift and Riot would not be “self defeating” if they chose to act that way.

    Keep up the good work..

  • josharder

    Well baned from forum is bs because not 20% of players use it and he was testing riot and he got fuck

  • strel2k10

    I absolutly agree with that.@Josh

  • Jeff

    Lawl, all riot does is ban the people with logic and common sense. It’s obvious to rage when something so simple can be messed up so badly. There has been so many bans in where players are banned because they talk back, like it’s unrealistic, the tribunal is a complete biased system, and people that instigate and talk an whole lengthy period of the time can dwaddle around like derps and still not get banned while the people they talk to, the people that criticize and try to help the team win, says only one thing and gets the perma ban ham. It’s amazing how this great game can have such a complete garbage community. Ban all the logical people and leave the brain dead derps to mess around, that’s the direction apparently Riot wants.

  • John

    If they just muted him it would affect everybody he played with because he would not be able to communicate with them, so the only option was to ban him.

  • Jonathan

    If you think he were a badass rager, you should see me ^^

  • Josh

    My view on this is as followed:
    Everyone rages at games. Its not just league of legends. The internet is full of things that make people rage. League of legends is one of them things. What annoys me is that people pay or there friends boost there account past the ELO that they are worthy of, then they try and play way over there skill level. This then impacts on the whole game, and annoys most people. I can say that 8/10 games, someone will be raging at someone on their team for making a bad play?

    I know that he got banned/warned 8 times before, but different people react different to certain things. I dont think that anyone should have there whole account banned under 10 previous convictions. I think they should implement a way to mute a player or ban them from the forums. I think this would encourage a player to stop raging/posting crap on the forums due to them not been able to participate in topics or communicate with there team mates in game.

    I know that Riot encourage communication within a team, and that muting a player would be hypocritical, but what would a player prefer; permanent ban on there account or a mute?

    This is how i see this whole situation.