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League of Legends update set to address issues with controversial Bounty System

Published: 15/Mar/2019 12:51 Updated: 15/Mar/2019 13:08

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games are updating the Bounty system in the next major League of Legends update, Patch 9.6.

The bounty system, which was introduced with Season 9, means that as individual players build a lead over their opponents, they gain an extra bounty, increasing the gold reward for when they are eventually shut down.

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The system is designed as an extra come-back mechanic, counter-balancing the tendency for League of Legends games to snowball in favor of the winning team, as each advantage only makes it easier to continue winning.

While the principle has been generally accepted, there have been mixed reactions to the execution of the system. In particular, it has been criticized for the fact that bounties can be generated simply by farming more CS (Creep Score), which is a fundamental element of the game that distinguishes better players, and something many feel should be rewarded as such.

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In response to these frustrations, Riot will be making updates to the bounty system in the upcoming Patch 9.6, reducing the bounties generated by CS leads.

Team Liquid’s Doublelift was among the outspoken critics of the bounty system.

Updated Bounty Rules (9.6+)

CS bounties will be roughly 25% smaller and account for support item gold.

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  • NERFED :: CS bounties reduced by approximately 25% (50 Bounty per 150g >>> 50 Bounty per 200g)
  • NEW :: CS bounties decrease when you lose your advantage
  • NEW :: Support item gold contributes to bounties
  • TEAM AVERAGE :: Now account for the addition of support item gold and divide CS gold by 4.3 rather than 4. (This and the above line won’t have a significant impact on bounty values, but make the system a little more accurate.)

In addition, the scoreboard will also be updated such that it only shows the additional reward generated by the bounty. Previously, bounties would begin at “450g”, as the additional 150g would be added to the standard 300g kill reward.

Moving forward, the scoreboard will simply show the extra gold of the bounty, starting at 150g and progressing to the maximum of 700g. The actual gold earned from those kills will still include the 300g base reward, however.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.