League of Legends developer Riot Games is introducing a "positive feedback initiative" entitled Honour that rewards players for good behaviour.
Game designer Jeffrey Lin admitted on Riot's forums that historically it hasn't done enough to thwart trolls in its massively successful MOBA. "We haven't done a great job providing tools to empower this community to proactively be even more awesome," he said.
Riot would like to create a friendlier environment for players by encouraging positive reinforcement. "We're well versed in research done on concepts in psychology such as positive reinforcement and how it can improve behaviors, and we've also found that some of the most meaningful, memorable moments in League come from the positive interactions players have with each other," said Lin.
To encourage this kind of behaviour, Riot is implementing its Honour system that allows players to "give something lasting back to those players who went out of their way to make your game experience better."
Details about how Honour will work are slim, but Lin said we'll hear more about it in an upcoming patch.