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League of Legends pros banned from streaming competing titles

Wednesday, 4th December 2013 23:35 GMT By Brenna Hillier

League of Legends players who sign on to professionally in Season Four are contractually obliged not to livestream gameplay sessions of competing products.

The contract precludes livestreaming of Awesomenauts, Bloodlines Champions, Crasher, Dawngate, Demigod, Dota 2, Fat Princess, Guardians of Middle-Earth, Hearthstone, Heroes of Newerth, Infinite Crisis, Land of Chaos Online, Monday Night Combat, Realm of the Titans, Rise of Immortals, Sins of a Dark Age, SMITE, Solstice Arena, StarCraft 2, Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, Warlocks, World of WarCraft, World of Tanks and World of Warplanes.

Gambling and betting websites, drugs, guns, pornography and tobacco product are also strict no-nos.

The news comes via OnGamers, which published a segment of the League of Legends Season Four contract, but was later confirmed by Riot Games’ Whalen Rozelle on Reddit.

“We say this all the time: we want League of Legends to be a legitimate sport. There are some cool things that come from that (salaried professional athletes, legitimate revenue streams, visas, Staples Center), but there’s also a lot of structural work that needs to be done to ensure a true professional setting,” Rozelle said.

“We recognize there may be some differences of opinion in the perception of pro players’ streams. In the past, pro gamers only had to worry about their personal brands when streaming and, at most, may have had to worry about not using the wrong brand of keyboard to keep their sponsor happy. Now, however, these guys are professionals contracted to a professional sports league. When they’re streaming to 50,000 fans, they’re also representing the sport itself.

“I can’t stress enough how these guys in the LCS are on the road to being real, legitimate athletes. This is new territory for a lot of teams (especially in esports), because the transition goes from being a group of talented individuals to being real icons of a sport and a league. Similarly, you probably wouldn’t see an NFL player promoting Arena Football or a Nike-sponsored player wearing Reebok on camera. Pro players are free to play whatever games they want – we’re simply asking them to keep in mind that, on-stream, they’re the face of competitive League of Legends.”

Thanks, GameInformer.

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  1. DSB

    Kill all the lawyers.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. absolutezero

    Esports lol

    Dota-clones lol

    #2 8 months ago
  3. lolatfanboys

    @2 kicking/hitting/throwing a ball lol

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Erthazus

    That’s some crazy shit.

    you can’t stream Fat Princess, World Of Tanks or World Of Warcraft.. Because Logic.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Arcnail

    Money talks.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    I am a gamer. I just don’t think I can ever take eSports seriously. As a matter of fact same applies to acting though that’s a different subject entirely (I just don’t think stars need to earn 1000s of times as much as an average person, it’s disgraceful).

    #6 8 months ago
  7. AsianGameing

    Deal with it

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Xbone

    I can understand when a company (for example Samsung) says that you can only play LoL, thats why you get payed for. But signing a contract like this with the GAME DEVELOPERS? That is just STUPID!

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Tormenter

    They’ve got to stop calling this a ‘sport’

    Challenge, contest, competition.. fair enough.. but ‘sport’? Fuck off. It deserves the title ‘sport’ as much as football deserves to be in the Olympics.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. IntrovertedOne

    Imagine: You love LoL, so much in fact that you follow the vids of one of the best players you know online; then this “cool guy” posts a vid of a new game he’s trying and enjoying using the popularity he gained from LoL to advertise for another company: the sheep follow.

    When you have this kind of player base anything from shiny metal rocks to competing game vids will be too distracting; they know that and want to ensure their ‘ship of fools’ doesn’t capsize.

    @9 if they can get it recognized as a sport they can get all sorts of crazy tax breaks and often get government funding for their private projects (like when taxpayers pay for a new football stadium that is actually owned by some rich guy) I’m sure that’s the plan moving forwards.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. HeyMrPresident

    Whether or not Video Gaming can be considered a sport is controversial

    Sport-
    noun
    noun: sport; plural noun: sports
    1. an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
    “team sports such as baseball and soccer”

    The biggest controversial part of the disagreement is the physical exertion. Not many people “exert themselves physically” while playing video games. I for one never earned a concussion from playing Mario Bros on the NES. However I’m sure I’ve spent more brain power exertion on making a comeback on 20-43 League of Legends game. Ultimately it all comes down to what society makes the definition. Gay no longer has the same meaning that it did in the 50′s.

    #11 8 months ago