Regardless of whether you’re into superhero movies and Marvel’s cinematic universe, you do know that it’s Avengers: Endgame season. You might’ve also seen the #DontSpoilTheEndgame hashtag pop up on Twitter — a call to keep the suspense in secret so fans can enjoy the end of this MCU saga to the fullest.
As it appears, Riot Games game support department are also on the #DontSpoilTheEndgame train, and they’re quite serious about it. In a reddit post, one League of Legends player showed an email exchange with LoL support and his three-day suspension for discussing the movie in in-game chat.
“I know that you are excited to discuss the latest Avengers movie with others but spoiling it for players that might [not] have seen it yet isn’t cool. At this time your account has been issued a 3 day suspension due to this disruptive behavior,” the email reads. Following up on the issue, the player got told that not all punishable actions will be listed on the Code of Conduct and that Riot Support can basically decide on their own which behavior is “disrupting” and when they have to “protect our community”.
According to other members of Riot’s Player Support department, however, this is an unusual punishment.
“Generally it is not our policy to ban players for spoilers, and we’ll be looking into it,” Riot’s Westbroke wrote on Reddit.
Whether it’s fair to punish a player for spoiling a movie is up to debate, of course, but one thing Riot have to keep in mind is that this is a thin, subjective line they’ll be walking if they allow Player Support to suspend players based on that. How much time has to pass, before players are allowed to talk about a movie anyway?