This was one of the top comments on this article. How in the world does this pertain to the issue at hand? It doesn’t. It just tries to use past criticisms to eliminate the current criticisms of a system where the League community and discussion could be heavily influenced by Riot. You don’t want a situation where one company controls or influences all of the media about themselves. I also wouldn’t consider what most of Richard does as ‘tabloid garbage.’ He frequently will be the first to release roster changes, upcoming events or organizational changes. I’d also like to point out that he was pretty justified for being angry when he had his story taken away from him. A journalist lives off his stories – literally. It’s the way they make a living, so when you take away a story from him like in this situation, it basically is robbing them of their income.
“You must have missed the RL/ESL/Riot schebang a few months ago. It was basically him trying to rile the subreddit up because Riot and ESL wanted to announce Deman leaving Riot before RL scooped it. He produced an email, outing his source in the process, that basically said “Yeah, there’s no way we’re going to let Richard announce this before us, just tell him to hold off”. He lost his fucking mind and went on a multi-subreddit tirade before he realized that not a single person from Riot, ESL, the subreddit, or even Deman gave a fuck about his side of the story. What a child. But it doesn’t matter. Fucking children read his tabloid garbage and, of course, rally to the pseudo-intellectualism of “being in the know”.”
That isn’t just Richard Lewis who thrives in controversy. Literally every journalist on the planet likes controversy – it gives us something to write about. I also don’t think he blew anything out of proportion here. He never said anything like, “We should boycott Riot,” “We should try to destroy League of Legends.” In fact, if you read the article “Reddit Moderators signed non-disclosure agreements with Riot Games” there is very little that is said outside of the facts. He even talks about how the signings were completely optional. It seems the community blew up the whole thing way more than Richard Lewis ever tried too.
“Well RL thrives in controversy like this, so when he sees an opportunity to blow something way out of proportion to create unnecessary drama, he will. Especially if he can make Riot look bad at the same time. Seems like he also wants to make the mods look bad when possible so this is like a triple threat from heaven for him”
- – Michael “TheRiverSaint” Brannan