Riot announces the “Honor” system for League of Legends

What is Honor to Riot Games?

The concept of Honor has always been abstract to me. While some would describe honor as chivalric action, others perceive it as peaceful resolution. What Riot apparently perceive it as is some form of gold star for having basic online gaming etiquette. Has the community become so tainted that congratulating teammates has become rare and obscure? Well Riot thinks that it should be rewarded. As of yet, we don’t know what exactly the “Honor” system provides in terms of rewards, but may be similar to tribunal IP boosts.

Lyte , Game Designer;

We here at Riot have been hard at work trying to improve player behavior in League of Legends. Historically, we’ve reacted to toxic players through systems like LeaverBuster and the Tribunal that are great at identifying and punishing the worst of worst. However, players will often challenge Team Player Behavior and say, “Dr. Lyte, how are you a doctor?? Don’t know you know that positive reinforcement can also improve player behavior?” We agree with you! We know that we have a great community, but we haven’t done a great job providing tools to empower this community to proactively be even more awesome.

Today, we’d like to introduce Honor, our positive feedback initiative. We’re well versed in research done on concepts in psychology such as positive reinforcement and how it can improve behaviors, and we’ve also found that some of the most meaningful, memorable moments in League come from the positive interactions players have with each other. Everyone’s had one of these days: You are struggling in a game and find yourself in a situation where a teammate could have easily trolled or flamed you, but instead goes out of his way to be a helpful, compassionate team-player. He says, “Hey, don’t worry about the first blood.” You may not friend this player or ever play with him again, but this small, kind gesture made a difference and is something you remembered.

Through Honor you’ll be able to give something lasting back to those players who went out of their way to make your game experience better. Keep an eye out for Honor with the next PBE update, and expect to hear more about it in an upcoming patch!


While I can understand the need to reward good behavior, asking online gamers not to troll or flame is the equivalent of asking a child to dislike chocolate. One of the main reason so many gamers are drawn to competitive PC gaming is the “Roughneck” community. Come on Riot, you’re telling me that calling the opposing team a bunch of worthless noobs after pentakilling with Soraka isn’t honorable?

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