Riot Games backs down on LCS streaming restrictions following community outrage

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By on December 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

Last Thursday we learned that Riot Games’ contracts for the fourth season of League of Legends League Championship Series forbid competitors from streaming any of a wide number of games – including not just direct competitors like Dota 2 and Heroes of Newerth, but also the likes of Diablo, Hearthstone and World of Tanks. After several days of outrage from the community however, on the weekend Riot Games changed its policy, allowing competitors to stream any game. The change was announced on Reddit, where Riot explained:

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.

Which I think we can all agree is much better than the previous policy. For any other companies out there looking to set up a sports league for their game, I have some advice – if at any point you find yourself using the NFL model to defend your policies, you are probably doing it wrong.

5 comments (Leave your own)

I honestly didn’t see the problem with it… The NFL is one of the biggest sporting organizations in the world so using their business model doesn’t seem like that bad of an idea… unless its dealing with player concussions, which I don’t think is a problem with LoL

 
Nasty Wet Smear

notthatdoug:
… unless its dealing with player concussions, which I don’t think is a problem with LoL

You’d be surprised…

 

nastywetsmear: You’d be surprised…

Keyboard attacks or frustrated head banging?

 

Hell even back in my LAN attending days, CoD2 tournaments would often lead out into the carpark. ahh good times.

 

notthatdoug,

The NFL is huge because they are a giant monopoly of pricks. It’s a really good business model to follow if you completely dominate a particular area of sports and have several decades and billions of dollars with which to buy anti-competitive legislation and that hilarious blackout crap. But if you are just starting up it’s just a good way to get your fans and your players to hate you.

 
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