Spoiling Avengers: Endgame is pretty egregious on any platform, but it could get your account suspended in League of Legends.
Note: This article won't contain any spoilers regarding Marvel's latest box office success.
The final chapter in the "Infinity Saga" is finally here, and fans are flocking to see the film while almost as many are doing everything they can to avoid spoilers until they can actually see the movie. Yet, it turns out, nowhere is safe — especially on an online game. Yet, developers do bear some responsibility in moderating a community that is fun for everyone, and if someone makes a game unplayable, there will be consequences. One Redditor learned that the hard way after he received a three-day suspension from the popular MOBA for doing that very deed.
He posted his appeal to developer Riot Games on the League of Legends subreddit, admitting he deserved the punishment but was a little upset nonetheless.
"I know you're excited to discuss the latest Avengers movie with others but spoiling it for players who may not have seen it isn't cool," writes the Riot Games Support-person. "At this time, your account has received a three-day suspension due to disruptive behavior."
Riot Games is pretty open about their policy regarding what constitutes acceptable behavior in their game. In fact, the developer clearly outlines they do not tolerate disruptive language or behavior. Still, the wording regarding this rule is a little loose, and in the past spoiling a movie wasn't really a common reason for punishment in the past, so for some players, the result is surprising. The player in question isn't the only one to get hit with the ban-hammer either. In fact, several users admitted they received similar disciplinary measures for similar acts.
Unfortunately, there is no context regarding what was spoiled, so it's hard to comment on how appropriate the punishment is, but it did create quite the discussion. Apparently, some users believe a simple "mute" would have sufficed for this action, with some hoped for a permanent ban.
Avengers: Endgame hit theatres on April 26, 2019 — a day before this Reddit thread was created — and has gone on to enjoy some incredible opening weekend numbers, breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens's opening night of $60 million.
Despite those numbers, there are as many fans who haven't seen the movie yet. Considering this is the culmination of 11 years of worldbuilding by Marvel and investment by fans, it should be common sense to avoid talking spoilers for a cultural event like Endgame. Hopefully, this kind of heavy-handed chastisement can deter future movie-ruining acts.