With the lack of moderation and censorship, Riot has decided to disable their Public Chat rooms for the time being, until they can make the necessary adjustments to address the issues. Now, what does this mean to those of you who have never really used the Public Chat? Well, nothing, but for those who did use it (doubt you have) just means it’s another feature Riot has neglected, and will fix it when they can to better evade further issues down the road. Here’s an official statement by Riot themselves behind their reasoning of disabling the public chat:
The official public chat rooms have grown rife with RP sellers, scammers and Elo-boost spam. The default four rooms we established can be used by a tiny fraction of our players at a time. Given the number of League players, most conversation spills into private, community-created rooms.
Unfortunately, private chat rooms and even the awesome community hubs like Dominate Dominion and Summoner School lack moderation tools beyond the ignore button. While the experience in private chat rooms is better than the public versions, we still want to provide tools to address unwelcome drop-ins and toxic behavior.
Long term we’re exploring and working on major and minor improvements to chat and chat rooms aimed at enhancing usability and adding new functionality.
As an immediate action we’re going to disable the public chat rooms until they’re useful and accessible. In their current shape they just don’t work and can actively create negative experiences for many players (especially new players).
We’ll keep all private chat rooms and messaging available to everyone, and bring the official public chat rooms back as soon as we can.
We’d like to create a persistent hangout for the friends you play with. Those friends should bring in their like-minded friends as well, and the badass players you meet playing great games. While you’re at it, why not invite some players from the community as well?
At the end of the day, when you log in you should feel like you’re surrounded by active players that like to play League the way you do. You should be to able jump easily into games with those friends – – without having to send game invites one by one.
Now I don’t really feel affected by the change because I for one, never used the public chat for any reason. Though I am glad Riot wants to fix it in the future, and add better functionality to it, rather than removing it all together. I guess LeRay is right though, the League Of Legends community is really bad, even when the public chat isn’t safe for new players to enjoy.