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League of Legends professionals forbidden to stream other games

5 Dec 2013  by   Paul Younger

League of Legends Riot Games

RIOT Games has set some tough rules for any league of Legends pros taking part in the League of Legends 2014 Championship Series. Players will forbidden to stream anything other than League of Legends as stipulated in new contracts which have been sent out by RIOT.

Streaming of MOBAs is massively popular but RIOT are going to make sure their players are not playing/promoting other titles. Titles on the ban list include Dota 2, Hearthstone, World of WarCraft, StarCraft, World of Tanks/World of Planes series, in fact the list just about covers every game that a pro streamer would be likely to stream

RIOT hit Reddit to confirm the news adding:

We say this all the time: we want League of Legends to be a legitimate sport. There are some cool things that come from that (salaried professional athletes, legitimate revenue streams, visas, Staples Center), but there’s also a lot of structural work that needs to be done to ensure a true professional setting.

We recognize there may be some differences of opinion in the perception of pro players’ streams. In the past, pro gamers only had to worry about their personal brands when streaming and, at most, may have had to worry about not using the wrong brand of keyboard to keep their sponsor happy. Now, however, these guys are professionals contracted to a professional sports league. When they’re streaming to 50,000 fans, they’re also representing the sport itself.

I can’t stress enough how these guys in the LCS are on the road to being real, legitimate athletes. This is new territory for a lot of teams (especially in esports), because the transition goes from being a group of talented individuals to being real icons of a sport and a league. Similarly, you probably wouldn’t see an NFL player promoting Arena Football or a Nike-sponsored player wearing Reebok on camera. Pro players are free to play whatever games they want – we’re simply asking them to keep in mind that, on-stream, they’re the face of competitive League of Legends.

League of Legends receives some pretty heavy promotion via live streams from players and likewise pro players can make a decent living from their creation. Surely this is a symbiotic relationship with both parties benefiting from the promotion?

These new stipulations probably won’t go down well with everyone but those are the rules, even if they seem a bit wonky. I do still cringe when I see the word “athletes” when referring to eSports.

Thanks OnGamers.

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  1. Death

    This is no surprise considering riot has a history of being cocky scumbags.

    Here are some of those things.

    Refusal to fix or acknowledged the rampant cheating in league of legends. As seen on elitepvpers, players can download an entire array of cheats/hacks.

    Unable to report players for cheating (psyop – they know cheating exist however making it a report option will alert all the pesky players they are being cheated by other players, thus headache for riot.)

    I visited riot HQ in California. They were rude and ignored me for 20 minutes in the lobby seating, no one spoke a word to me. After I got bored of waiting for a hello from the lady sitting at the desk some 10 ft from me, I started taking a couple pictures. Within 2 minutes they had 6 people grouped up to confront me demanding I delete the photos, and that it was theft.

    I deleted them and was asked to leave, my point for the visit was just to check it out, take a look as a fan. I quickly learned they have a small suite in a large building and a MASSIVE FUCKING EGO TRIP.

    December 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    1. Llama8

      “my point for the visit was just to check it out, take a look as a fan”

      That would be why you were ignored, you didn’t have a meeting/appointment so no-one came to collect you & everyone else thought you would be waiting for someone else (since you weren’t waiting for them). Not surprising for a company (whether it’s a large company in their own building or one renting part of a managed building), though it was a bit odd that the person at the desk didn’t ask if you were waiting for someone.

      “and that it was theft”
      ****s.

      December 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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