Players who frequently go away from the keyboard (AFK) in League of Legends will soon be faced with a new type of punishment: Queue Lockouts. This punishment is on top of Queue Delays that are already levied against AFK players and leavers Riot Games announced the plans for the new League penalty this week and said the new system will be tested regionally first before it gets a global release.
Queue Delay is a way for Riot to keep players out of games for a while after they’ve gone AFK or left entirely before a match concluded. These offences can be detected automatically, but players can also report each other if someone’s going AFK by moving around in a small area to technically be active but still isn’t doing anything to contribute to the game. People who are found guilty of going AFK eventually get hit with a relatively short delay that makes them wait before they queue up for another game.
Those penalties will still be issued, but people who AFK constantly will be hit with a Queue Lockout. Riot described these as “mega-delays” and said that even after this punishment expires, players will still be facing Queue Delays once their lockout expires.
“When we issue a Queue Lockout, we’re not saying ‘hey, doesn’t it suck to have your time wasted?'” Riot said. “We’re removing the player from the population for a while so they can’t continue to AFK in games. Once a queue lockout does expire, it’s followed by the maximum-level queue delay so we can still maintain the benefits of behavior modification and players who take a break don’t get to sit out their entire punishment. Queue Lockouts apply to all MOBA queues.”