Riot Games is locked in an eternal struggle against what it calls "toxicity". As League of Legends gets bigger, so too does the number of arseholes playing the game. And while the company's previous attempts to combat this have been interesting, this latest step is much more direct.
As Motherboard report, this new system is used for players who have been reported for having inappropriate summoner names. Previously, anyone with a name like "Rap3lorD" or "sH1tf1ngrs" would have been given a generated replacement name by Riot until they chose a more appropriate handle.
But this week, users have begun noticing a new system being tested, which is a lot more involved.
It's a survey (this is just a part of it), which asks the reported player a series of questions that they need to respond to. As Motherboard point out, the questions aren't original: they're taken from the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, a widely-used test that determines a person's degree of narcissism.
Reported players must answer one of these surveys, play 50 games, then take another survey. Once that's all done, they can then pick out a new name.
Riot's previous moves to help combat jerk behaviour have been both punitive and remote. This, while a little off-putting to some, also seems far more pro-active, not to mention potentially beneficial to Riot in the long-run, since they can collect all this data and use it to get a better understanding of what's going on with people who feel the need to make offensive usernames.