Riot confirms restricted list of 27 games.
By Tim Colwill 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.”