League of Legends’ Team Owners Taking Action Against Riot
In the latest turn of events revolving around the recent League Championship Series team revenue drama, it seems like the owners of LCS teams are finally taking action. To gain some background information on what has been happening over the past few days, you can read about it here on GAMURS.
Since then, Mark Merrill has responded to the criticism with what is essentially a PR band-aid response, which can be found here. In his response, Merrill made claims that they are already making moves to fix the revenue problems, stating that “Our 2017 plans include new in-game team-specific items with revenue-sharing for teams and pros.” We can’t know for certain what exactly their plans are, but it seems that the LCS team owners are not content with it.
In a simplistic reply, Andy “Reginald” Dinh released this. Keeping a clear and concise message, Reginald has made it clear that he and the rest of the team owners will no longer sit quiet and play nicely. He specifically stated that “There is a detailed proposal signed by NA LCS teams and players headed to [Merrill’s] inbox today.” Until more word comes out, we can only speculate on how aggressive they intend to be. For the sake of League of Legends and esports as a whole, hopefully they make all the advances they can and strengthen the game while working together with Riot.
It’s interesting that despite these problems existing in the scene for the past several years, only now do they seem to be publicly making sure that Riot is accountable for aiding in fixing them. It could be possible that after seeing the outpour of public support for the teams that they’ve realized now is the right time to fight back.
Either way, it seems like this will be a turning point in competitive League of Legends and esports as a whole. To continue following all the news regarding the LCS and it’s future, remember to follow us here at GAMURS!
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