TiP management allegedly fails to pay players; Riot bans from LCS
April 8. 2016 -- Riot rules that Team Impulse has been "disallowed from participating in the LCS". In a statement released on lolesports, Riot alleges Team Impulse has "repeatedly failed to pay their players on time and to provide valid contracts of their players, as required by the LCS Rules and Team Agreement." While Team Impulse recently secured a spot in the 2016 North American LCS Summer Split via a 3-1 victory over Apex Gaming at the 2016 Spring Promotional Tournament, general manager Lucas Wen told Yahoo Esports on April 11 that the organization was seeking an investment partner.
According to the competitive ruling, Riot has "verified that all players [on TiP] have received their minimum player compensation." But because there are allegedly no written contracts between Team Impulse and their players, Riot states they "have no objective way to determine who is correct about the additional money owed.
As punishment, Riot games have "disallowed [Team Impulse] from participating in the LCS". The organization is subsequently required to "sell all rights and legal claim to their LCS berth" by 11:59pm PST on May 18th. This is accompanied by a $20,000 fine.
Riot has also announced that Renegades and TDK are banned from participating in Riot-sanctioned events.