On a recent stream, Emiru spoke with Esfand and revealed to him the hateful messages that Riot devs have received from League of Legends (LoL) players. Check out the clip below to hear what she revealed.
In the clip, Emiru mentions she spoke with Lead Champion Designer – August Browning. Says Emiru recalling a conversation with Browning, “Hi Emily. I just got this DM from someone who said I hope you name your first daughter Senna so I can destroy her.”
Per Emiru, “destroy” was a euphemism for another word she didn’t want to say.
Emiru would go on to say that she told Browning she was sorry to hear about the hateful messages he has received.
Esfand, in a joking manner, would respond by saying, “That’s it? He deserves so much worse.” It’s clear that this was a joke by Esfand.
Does League of Legends have a hate issue?
Unfortunately, it’s all too common that game developers receive hate messages from their players. With the rise of social media and game devs becoming mini-celebrities in their communities, it’s become much more common for devs to deal with hate messages from their fans.
League of Legends is particularly noted for having one of the most “toxic” communities in all of gaming. Due to the game’s lasting popularity and focus on PvP gameplay, its audience is continuing to grow and it’s common to see many players “talking trash” to one another.
Since Browning is the Lead Champion Designer in League of Legends, he oversees the balance and gameplay of each Champion released. Browning himself has over 118k Twitter followers, so he’s clearly a target for hate when Champions in LoL are considered weak or not part of the meta.
Senna in particular is considered to be one of the better playable Champions in LoL. In Season 12, Senna ranks as an S-Tier pick for the Support role. So it’s not surprising that players have complaints about her given how strong of a Champion she is.