League of Legends developer Riot Games has booted a number of players caught taking advantage of an exploit in the popular online title.
Posting on the official League of Legends Community page, Riot's community manager told players that the developer had identified the exploit, fixed it, and tracked down all of the players who had taken advantage of it in the game.
"If you've been playing online games for any length of time, you probably know that most games eventually have to deal with scum-of-the-earth cheaters that enjoy ruining your experience," the community manager posted. "That's bull****, and we're not going to allow it. I'm happy to report that the immediate fix has been implemented, and we'll be restarting all regions this evening to add some redundancy, which will prevent similar exploits in the future. We've identified all of the players that have been using this exploit, and we're going to be taking firm action against their accounts."
The exploit--known as the "mastery exploit"--allowed players to add more skill points than would otherwise be allowed, giving them the ability to cast spells consecutively, without any cooldown time.
Riot also declared that it is currently discussing methods to increase its monitoring of the game, to ensure future exploits are dealt with efficiently.
"We have comprehensive logs and data that allow us to see precisely who did what; and also who was negatively affected by this malicious behaviour. This kind of stuff is unacceptable, and will never be tolerated by Riot Games."