Riot's New Contract for Pro LoL Players Restricts Streaming 'Other Games'

December 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games, makers of the popular MOBA game League of Legends, requires a lot from players who want to sign up with them to play professionally. According to this Ars Technica report (based on an OnGamers report), developer Riot has forbid pro players in its e-sports league (the League of Legends Championship Series, or LCS), from streaming other games. According to a contract obtained by OnGamers, teams participating in the competition have to agree not to stream competing gamers or face the possibility of being banned from competitions.

Games that are specifically mentioned are Dota 2, Heroes of Newerth, the StarCraft series, and the PlayStation 3 title Fat Princess. Additionally, the rules prohibit streaming of gambling sites, promoting pornography, firearms, and non-over-the-counter drugs. The ban does not include first-person shooters, apparently.

Riot's director of e-sports, Whalen "RiotMagus" Rozelle, likened the restrictions to a professional athlete being paid for an endorsement and then using a competing product.

Some fans and pro gamers have criticized the move and say that they often play other games (like Blizzard's Hearthstone game) while waiting to find a League of Legends game. Critics say that Rozelle's justification is false, and that the restrictions are more like keeping an NBA player from playing another sport.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Ars Technica


 
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