Originally Posted by DoctorMcPain
On the Live on Three show.
This is his Twitter account
, as I said he's team boss of EG so no bull**** here.
Here's the specific section of the video where he talks about these contracts
For those who don't have an idea of what's going on here's a summary, courtesy of user Lucid Dreaming who explained it really well
Rileno of coL also confirms
More on Riot's exclusivity contracts, confirmed by Kennigit (manager of TeamLiquid)
RiotJanook deleting his comments on Reddit after the ****storm
The now deleted comment said something along the lines of
"It was, and still is, just a rumor"
If you guys are interested or doubtful about this, there's an interesting interview with Scarra where he sheds some insight on Riot's command of the League competitive scene
Remember that blindly supporting Riot will never do good to League of Legends as a game, especially as a competitive game. If you want League to grow because you love League, then you have to be ready to raise your voice. This path isn't just business, and it's not something that won't affect League of Legends. Even if you don't care about DOTA, HoN and whatnot, remember that competition is healthy for all, as it pushes dev companies to best themselves and offer a better deal and ultimately a better game. Riot is trying to undermine this principle instead of working harder on their title.
This is not acceptable. It's not acceptable for e-sports, it's not acceptable for gamers, it's not acceptable from a business point of view because people are investing a lot into this game, either professionals with their time and careers or individuals who buy content.
As for myself I have been supporting Riot for 2 full years, spending about 1000 on the game and being extremely enthusiast about it until Riot started to pull off these questionable maneuvers, first with MLG, then with the unnecessary balances on Orianna aimed at low Elo and the absolutely terrible releases aimed to fit a stale metagame that needed change if anything, then this disgusting attempt to damage other titles.
I have completely stopped putting any of my money and time into Riot's game and I will continue to do so until their attitude towards e-sports as well as their own game is brought to a change. I think League of Legends is a fun game that could easily become a major competitor in e-sports, and I think this is insulting to both the potential of the game itself and the community that's supporting it.
Riot will need to change their policy drastically and stop acting like they can push other titles around with just money. Other titles are giving users more and better content, a completely free hero pool which leads to serious balancing that isn't aimed at boosting sales, constant quality updates on models and features. Riot needs to step their game up and that's the healthiest and best thing the League community should ask for. People really need to fight for this so that this potentially great game doesn't get destroyed by greed.
That is all.
EUW THREAD http://euw.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=836063
TeamLiquid article http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/view...opic_id=366477
It's "strange" that all those structures... are some that can't do anything, have any results, are CERTAIN not to be in the "pro" S3 teams of their regions unless they buy out another structure's team AND will probably not even be able to get results with the circuit tourneys after all the top teams go in the pro Circuit.
Honestly it's more than weird and sketchy, and i doubt Riot would be stupid enough for that, since it would actually antagonize ALL the big structures in the world and PARTICULARILY all the Asian ones who have/will have DotA/DotA2 teams, it's a certainty, they know it, and they know they won't drop them, too much money to make in it.
Worst case scenario they would use the easy loophole of :
we shard the LoL structure out, as an "independant" entity fully owned by the mother structure, which while being able to sign those agreements with Riot would funnel back all the money in the mother structure through contracts/agreements around marketing/promotion/use of infrastructures and so on.
For Riot to try that sort of move it would require a massive pool of braindead ret*rds, coupled with incompetent layers, and people with no clue about how to run a business or how to work (easily) around those constraints (ok it's plausible for Riot in the end