League of Legends LCS Season 4 players forbidden from streaming Dota 2, Hearthstone, World of Tanks

League of Legends

By on December 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

News has leaked out this morning that players contracted by Riot to appear in the upcoming fourth season of the League of Legends League Championship Series (LCS) are being explicitly forbidden from publicly streaming competitors games.

Hearthstone, Dota 2, World of Tanks, SMITE, Heroes of Newerth, World of Warcraft, Warcraft (any of the series), StarCraft (any of the series) Infinite Crisis, Monday Night Combat, Guardians of Middle Earth, Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, Awesomenauts, Bloodline Champions, Rise of Immortals and Diablo (any of the series) are all forbidden by the terms of the contract.

Some less surprising restrictions apply, including that players must not advertise gambling or poker sites, drugs, guns, pornography or tobacco products.

Riot’s director of eSports, Whalen ‘RiotMagus’ Rozelle, confirmed in a Reddit thread that the restrictions were accurate.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Source: OnGamers

12 comments (Leave your own)

I get where he’s coming from but that still feels a bit dodgy.

 

Hardly surprising considering, you know, Riot.

Says a lot when a company is so scared of competition.

 

If they’re directly contracted by Riot, and are paid directly by them, then I don’t really see an issue with it. Not like you’d show up to work wearing a direct competitors clothing or something.

 

I see nothing wrong with this. As long as everything is upfront – ie the players know what they are signing up for. It’s no different from sponsorship in other forms they want them to promote their product exclusively, not competitors.

Regardless of whether its fair or not the onus is on the player signing the deal – if he/she signs a retarded deal that is heavily in favor of the sponsor then that is on them.

 
Artful-dodgeR

Yes, but these high level streamers have 15-20 minute wait times between matches… Normally they’d play Hearthstone/another smaller game but now they’ve just gotta sit there like nubs.

The other problem is that by arguing their contracts Riot are just likely to take on other people given how retardedly popular their game is.

…even though Dota 2 is superior :P

 

The problem is Riot is both the dev and the sponsor. In other words they completely own the players as well. Even if Riot was altruistic and really cared about the players and the advancement of esports as a whole it would still be unhealthy, but as it is and knowing what Riot is like it’s a downright scary thinking what they might do in the future.

 

Well, it’s Riot… they achieve market share through the strength of their marketing and promotion, not their engineering or gameplay… this is just business as usual for them.

http://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/1qu52r/a_new_dota_patch_has_a_player_mode_called/cdgna1h

This is a bad thing for streamers, who must work to build themselves up as a brand too. Most popular Hearthstone streamers today for example got famous through other games (Trump, Reckful, Artosis, Kripp) and Riot is basically saying, nope, this won’t be happening.

 

makena:
If they’re directly contracted by Riot, and are paid directly by them, then I don’t really see an issue with it. Not like you’d show up to work wearing a direct competitors clothing or something.

They also got a substantial pay-bump along with this new contract, so it’s not like they aren’t being compensated.

Hopefully this means instead of playing Hearthstone for 20 minutes waiting for a queue to pop, they’ll talk about League of Legends and answer questions from their viewers.

 

I don’t get the outrage. They’re being paid money to be the face of LoL for the season so it’s fair enough they’re not publicly advertising a competitor.

They can still play those games – just not publicly stream them. Pause the stream or play it on another monitor if they feel the urge. Or as El_Funko said, they could spend the time interacting with their fanbase.

 

Awww, the original “pornography of tobacco products” text was much more fun ;-) Sexy!

 

El_Funko: They also got a substantial pay-bump along with this new contract, so it’s not like they aren’t being compensated.

Hopefully this means instead of playing Hearthstone for 20 minutes waiting for a queue to pop, they’ll talk about League of Legends and answer questions from their viewers.

Boo-hiss, Roit…

 
 
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