Riot to Disable /all Chat Feature in LoL With Patch 11.21
Here’s something we never thought would happen: Riot will be disabling the /all chat feature in LoL with patch 11.21. If you’re scratching your head right now, know that you’re not in the minority. We’re talking about a wholly baffling decision, one that seemingly came out of the blue. It’s not bad per se (far from it, in fact), but no one thought Riot would ever go for such drastic measures in its fight against toxicity.
Chatting with your opponents has been a core component of the whole LoL experience from the beginning (for better and worse). It’s just one of those things that define the game, and while it’s certainly a flawed system, it stuck around for a reason.
You Can’t Have the Good Without the Bad
According to Riot, toxicity has gotten way out of hand lately, and such a huge, game-changing move was the only possible solution. And the community is completely split on this.
“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. 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,” as per Andrei “Meddler” Van Roon and Jeremy “Brightmoon” Lee.
Exchanging emotes and champion mastery will still be enabled, along with the end of the game chatting between teammates. But if you want to compliment your opponents or criticize them and lash out, you’ll have to find another way to let off steam if you’re that sort of person. Eliminating /all chat from LoL is a decision that’ll have a far-reaching effect, but it might not be final — it’s still an experiment. Things could revert “back to normal” should this tectonic change not yield any great result.