Riot ban IWillDominate for one year

Posted by Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev at 04 December 2012 22:59

Team Dignitas will have to find a new jungler for Season 3 as Christian "IWillDominate" Rivera has been banned from Championship Series matches due to his negative Tribunal record.

According to the source, Rivera has been brought in front of the tribunal a total of nine times, eight of which resulted in punishments, the most recent of which being a permanent ban from the game. Riot state that despite the multiple warnings IWD's harassment score has risen severely, placing him "among the worst 0.7% of all North American players."

As a result, Rivera has been banned from Championship Series games for the next one year, effective today, and his known alternative accounts will also be permabanned.

RedBear, VP of eSports at Riot, had this to say:

- "Hi Summoners,

Today I’ve got some tough news to share with you. We take sportsmanship and player behavior very seriously, and we fundamentally believe that pro players should not be exempt from scrutiny over their behavior. In fact, we believe pros have an additional opportunity to act as positive role models for the entire community.

The decision to impact someone’s career is not one we make lightly, which is why this is tough news to deliver. Unfortunately, our Tribunal recently was forced to permanently ban a pro player as a response to his persistent toxic behavior, and after closely reviewing the individual’s case and history, the Riot eSports team has issued a ruling that follows this post.

We fully understand that there are other pro players who behave poorly from time to time, and we do not condone any unsportsmanlike behavior. It’s important to note how severe and consistent the behavior of this particular individual was, as is outlined in the ruling. No other professional players in NA approach this individual’s harassment score – that said, we monitor all pro player behavior actively and we will continue to make that clear to all pro teams, and will take necessary action should any other players demonstrate unacceptable behavior in the future.

Promoting good sportsmanship and improving player behavior is a mission that’s extremely important to Riot, and this ruling is a reflection of our commitment."

Rivera joined Dignitas in January 2012 to fill in the empty spot left by team's former jungler Jatt. Whether IWD will remain on the roster after his punishment, however, remains to be seen.

Source: League of Legends boards