MonteCristo to Pursue Esports Caster’s Union
Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles, well known OGN caster and owner of The Renegades esports organization, has expressed his pursuit of creating an esports caster’s union. This ambition was expressed through a tweet that was made on the tail end of a long chain of complaints regarding the way that Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, handles professional team and player income.
Montecristo has had a long feud with Riot on their treatment of casters. The most prominent complaints were raised in March of this year when he and the rest of the OGN LoL casters decided to not work with Riot as part of their broadcast of the Mid-Season Invitational. The OGN casters, after surveying casters from around many different esports scenes, found that Riot was offering far below the industry standard for their field. This would be the sort of problem that a union would be able to fight against - standardizing fair wages across the board. Monte has also expressed his discontent for the way that Riot prevents their contracted casters from pursuing alternative revenue streams, effectively making them financially dependent on the company.
Considering all we know stems from an off-handed tweet, there are numerous unanswered questions. The biggest one is the possibility that such a union would not be limited to just casters, but to esports broadcasting as a whole. There is also no information on how such an endeavor would be funded or how it would operate internationally.
Creating something of this magnitude could potentially change the fundamentals of esports, but with the risk of crashing and burning horribly. It will certainly be an interesting process to follow, which you will be able to do here at GAMURS as we update you on all news relating to Monte’s struggle.
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Patrick Cowley can be contacted on Twitter, @PtrckCowley.