Jun 20 2014 - 6:06 pm

Riot says it's 'sorry' over Gambit Gaming visa issues

This weekend the League Championship Series heads to Wembley Arena, but one of Europe’s most storied teams won’t be coming
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

This weekend the League Championship Series heads to Wembley Arena, but one of Europe’s most storied teams won’t be coming. Gambit Gaming blamed Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, for informing them of the location change too late to acquire visas for their Russian born players, leaving them with no option but to use four ringers this weekend.

Late last night, Riot Games and Head of EU esports Jason “Riotjasonliver” Yeh offered up an apology to the stricken team, admitting fault for the fiasco.

“We’re truly sorry for this poor experience for Gambit Gaming and all the fans,” the statement read.

“We really wanted the core of Gambit's roster to be with us in London. We apologize for underestimating the difficulty Gambit Gaming would have in attending the LCS London event. We wish that we had informed the teams sooner about the roadshow so this would not have been an issue.”

Of course, for a 4-6 Gambit Gaming squad who could end up relegated due in part to losses this week, wishes will be no consolation.

Riot admitted to notifying Gambit Gaming “near the end of the processing time line” for visa acquisition, and said they did “everything in their power” to speed up the process. But there was no mention of the fact that Gambit would need to interr their passports at the consulate for two weeks in order to complete the process, which would have forced them to miss other weeks of the regular season.

Riot also claims they “investigated alternative options” for playing the matches, like Gambit Gaming participating remotely from Riot’s Cologne studio, or simply rescheduling the matches and tacking them on to another LCS day or after the regular season. But they ruled them out for various reasons like “security and connectivity risks, unfairness to other teams.”

For example, if Gambit played from Cologne they may have a ping advantage over teams in London, connecting to Riot’s tournament servers, and less pressure with no live crowd in front of them. Rescheduling the games would force Fnatic and ROCCAT to change their own schedules, and play extra matches on match days, and inconvenience for them despite not being involved in the situation.

But that ignores the unfairness to Gambit Gaming, who could potentially lose their pro gaming careers if relegated in part due to this fiasco, and for no fault of their own, other than being Russian nationals. Fans and media were quick to point out the hypocrisy.

“Regarding rescheduling, I again think this small disadvantage for teams (by making them play extra games so there's still eight) would be preferable to a huge disadvantage for Gambit,” wrote one user in the comments section of Riot’s post. “Because, again, this was not in Gambit's control and there is no real reason to screw over them rather than another team.”

“Either reschedule the games or let them play remotely... anything else and you just made competitive league into a bad joke,” wrote another.

Gambit Gaming still has a chance to come out of this all right. Last Split, they had to use substitutes in Week 6, pulling heavily from Challenger team Ninjas in Pyjamas, and they managed to come away with a 1-1 record for the week. But Riot Games has made a positive outcome a whole lot harder for them this week, and possibly put their season in jeopardy.

In that context, Riot Games being "sorry" surely can't mean much.

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Jan 17 2017 - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.

Jan 14 2017 - 8:43 pm

ESPN survey reveals League of Legends pro pay, opinions on female players

The anonymous answers are quite revealing.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

An anonymous LCS player survey has revealed just how much the average League of Legends pro gets paid—and what some of them think about the prospect of playing with a woman.

The ESPN Confidential article surveyed 33 anonymous European and North American League of Legends professionals, asking their opinions on everything from team houses, drugs and injuries.

According to the survey, North American players are significantly better paid than their counterparts. Of the players surveyed those in North America had an average base salary of $105,385, compared to just €76,137 ($80,816) in Europe.

Due to the anonymous nature of the survey, however, it's hard to extrapolate much from the averages themselves.

What does give us more insight however is the selected comments from the pros directly however—particularly their comments on playing with women.

While most pros, 73 percent, would have no issue with a female player joining their team, comments from two of the 27 percent have angered the community.

"If a female was to join my team," says the first, "she would have to prove she was worth it more than a guy [in the same role]."

Though this comment is shocking to hear as someone's definitive opinion, it does reflect what many believe is the reality for aspiring female pros in the current esports culture, where female players are held to higher standards than their male counterparts.

The second highlighted comment claims that they would have concerns over the likelihood of their male team mates being attracted to a female player.

Elsewhere in the survey, 27 percent of players claim to know of players taking drugs to perform better in competition, while 24 percent say they have suffered an injury as a result of gaming.