Riot had a banner year with their League of Legends successes in 2014.
Their reign over the e-sports world has only grown in size and scope. They had one of their biggest and most competitive seasons and championship ever, and have added even more people into their ranks. But with new players and highly competitive sports come the bad eggs in the bunch.
League of Legends will be rewarding positive players with a free Mystery Skin due to being good sports throughout 2014. The rewards will hopefully be pushed out in the next few weeks for all players who qualify. To qualify, you must not have had a chat restriction, restriction to ranked match participation, no 14-day bans, or permanent bans. You also have to be at least level 5 on the qualifying account’s Riot profile, and you must have at least 10 custom skins that you don’t already have. The rewards won’t be limited to skins either, as Jeffrey “Lyte” Lin details in a post on Reddit.
Not every surprise will be a mystery gift. Every surprise will differ in magnitude, and be tailored to different players. For example, the last surprise was an IP Boost which was mainly beneficial for newer players still building out their champion pools. Other surprises may include collectibles like unique summoner icons (which we tried before with the Santa Baron icon).
Lin goes on to mention that this is not simply a deterministic achievement for players to earn. “It isn’t some kind of achievement system where you are sportsmanlike for your next 10 games… If you design a system like this, players will simply behave for 10 games, unlock their mystery gift and go back to their normal ways.” The reward will come randomly in it’s own time, so long as you meet the qualifications.
Sounds pretty easy to earn these rewards, right? So long as you haven’t been a jerk while playing League of Legends, you get free stuff! While this may seem like a charitable reach to positive players – and it is – the effort to extend this gratitude on the part of Riot is a telling sign to the state of the League of Legends community.