RIOT’s new contract for League of Legends participants has been revealed few days ago. There was a harsh restriction stating they won’t be allowed to stream rival games and seems they learnt the lesson.
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The new contract for League of Legends pro gamers included a restriction on streaming competitive games. They would have been allowed to stream League of Legends only. The restriction caused an uproar and made RIOT to change the decision by amending their policies.
Latest statement from RIOT, posted on Reddit says
There’s been a ton of discussion around our LCS team contracts, which stipulated active LCS players couldn't stream a variety of other games.
First, background on why we did this: there’ve been instances of other game studios trying to buy access to League fans by using (or trying to use) LCS teams/players to promote their competing games on stream.
The way we chose to deal with this was clearly an overreach. It hit our goal of preventing companies from advertising through LCS players, but it also encroached on pros’ ability to have fun and entertain viewers during long Challenger queues – and we realize that’s not cool.
After reading all of your comments and having a LOT of internal debate over the last 24 hours, we’re going to be changing the LCS team requirement to something that more closely matches our intent. While under contract to the LCS, teams and players can’t accept sponsorship from other game companies to promote other titles. Besides that, they are free to stream any games they want.
I’ll be hanging around to answer questions if you guys have any. Thanks for helping us make a better decision on this.”
It is obvious that RIOT is trying to take eSports to the next level, but it would be nice to ask pro gamers on their opinion before introducing such harsh rules. Even though you might agree on above statement being a PR attempt to save their dignity, you have to admit that RIOT responded to the cries of players. Might be they’re learning how important players are to them.
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