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Player protection is Riot’s main rule focus for 2016

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After a slew of contract kerfuffles in the past year regarding player contracts, Riot have stepped in with proposed changes for 2016 and the fourth season of their LCS. The new contract rules will protect players in a variety of different forms, but most notably contract durations.


The aim is to promote a more fair and equal playing field for players who are part of major organizations. These new rules will insure their safety going into the next season and help lay the foundation for a more professional eSports scene in both League of Legends and eSports as a whole.

Contracts limited to 3 years

“We’ve seen some teams tie up players with long-term deals (we know of at least one 10 year deal in a league outside of the LCS) that don’t guarantee compensation over the life of that contract. While we want to encourage the stability of team rosters in LCS, we believe contracts extending beyond three years at this point in time are not healthy for players or teams given the rapid growth of the League. In addition to helping players seek a fair market value, we also believe that long-term contracts are open to abuse when teams have no responsibility to pay them or keep them on the Active Roster. As a result, we’re looking to cap LCS contracts at 3-year maximums.”

The limit protects players from lengthy contracts which could take up their entire career to fulfill. This will take effect at the start of the Summer LCS season.

Reserve players and compensation

Substitutes don’t often form part of the core roster of major LCS teams, with a few exceptions, and this is about to change.

“We are also looking at requiring that reserve players in the LCS have a contract and that they have a minimum compensation this year. While we know that several teams have compensated their subs and have involved them to a significant degree, we’re hoping to standardize this. We believe this is healthy for the LCS and provides some stability for these players. We’re thinking that subs should be guaranteed a minimum compensation per split while they’re not actively playing (less than LCS starters, although they can certainly be paid more at the discretion of the team). Although this is helpful for reserve players, we’d consider this just the first step – we have a few more initiatives in the works to help all players – starters and subs – unlock their market value and see their overall compensation increase.”

Now reserves will be fairly compensated on each split, and this will hopefully usher in a new era for League of Legends and eSports.

Non-compete clauses

Non-compete clauses are always tough when it comes to being released from a team. Riot plans cut down on non-compete to further promote a fair playing field.

“Finally, we’d like to introduce a few stipulations to prevent players from being unfairly tied to teams if personal or team circumstances dramatically change. The first change would ensure that players are not tied to a non-compete clause. This is an area where esports has lagged for too long behind traditional sports leagues – restricting players from joining another team once their contract expires is simply unfair and risks the player missing out on key months (or even years) of their career.”

The full read is available at LoL eSports, but the change as mentioned above will usher in a new era for eSports legalities regarding contracts and players.

Last Updated: November 19, 2015


  1. Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    November 19, 2015 at 14:33



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  2. CypherGate

    November 19, 2015 at 14:49

    I must say gaming news has been so dull for quite a while lately. All I see is League of Legends, Destiny, Overwatch, Heroes Of Storm news constantly all over. Dont we have other games that are equal if not more interesting than these?


    • BakedBagel

      November 20, 2015 at 08:01

      This is not really “Gaming” news. This is more esport news. Ive noticed Congo only really covers “Esports” related content.

      There are only a handful of games that are involved in Esports. So until more games step up. There will only be Hots Lol Overwatch Dota CSGO etc.


      • CypherGate

        November 20, 2015 at 08:54

        I dont know. I think Im still in the mindset that games are just games and not really a sport. Most probably my mind will change once there are more games as you say or I get involved in esports.


        • BakedBagel

          November 20, 2015 at 12:46

          The thing is, alot of people around the world do consider some games to be an esport.

          Times change, and you either change with them, or watch till it reaches success.
          Well not every game can be an esport. Most games have DLC and microtransactions. Those DLC and microtransactions that effect ingame stats will never be an esport. The game has to be balanced and/or have a massive following that is willing to invest time effort and $$$


    • CongoKyle

      November 20, 2015 at 11:28

      Hi there. BakedBagel is correct, I only cover eSports. 🙂


      • CypherGate

        November 20, 2015 at 12:01

        It seems like eSports might surpass normal gaming in the future lol What do you think?


        • CongoKyle

          November 20, 2015 at 13:38

          I’m not entirely, it’s like comparing apples and apple juice. They’re both essentially the same, but entirely different products. If you catch my drift.


          • CypherGate

            November 20, 2015 at 15:18

            Yeah I totally get what you saying.

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