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League of Legends pro streaming bans lifted

Monday, 9th December 2013 02:45 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Riot Games has elected to change policies on professional League of Legends players’ streaming activities following negative community reaction.

“After reading all of your comments and having a LOT of internal debate over the last 24 hours, we’re going to be changing the LCS team requirement to something that more closely matches our intent,” Riot Games’ Whalen Rozelle wrote on Reddit.

“While under contract to the LCS, teams and players can’t accept sponsorship from other game companies to promote other titles. Besides that, they are free to stream any games they want.”

Rozelle thanked the community for “helping us make a better decision on this”, and explained that said that Riot’s initial, arguably draconian policies were prompted by skullduggery from other companies.

“There’ve been instances of other game studios trying to buy access to League fans by using (or trying to use) LCS teams/players to promote their competing games on stream,” he wrote.

“The way we chose to deal with this was clearly an overreach. It hit our goal of preventing companies from advertising through LCS players, but it also encroached on pros’ ability to have fun and entertain viewers during long Challenger queues – and we realize that’s not cool.”

The original policy banned contracted League of Legends players from streaming a variety of games, as well as from illegal or socially unacceptable behaviour.

Thanks, games.on.net.

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2 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    At least they learned. People just love watching the Pros play as its a great way to learn some new skills and maybe even pick up a character you wouldnt have thought about playing. That’s how I got Annie…..lol

    #1 8 months ago
  2. wicktus

    +1 , good to see that a “big” game studio (LoL is the most played game in the world) still base those kind of decisions on community feedbacks. No surprise LoL is a very respected F2P and a model for other studio (look at the tons of MOBA in development)

    #2 8 months ago

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