League of Legends e-sports teams weather controversies

    
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Two separate real-world controversies are impacting League of Legends e-sports teams.

First up is Team Immunity, an Oceanic organization that is now barred from participating in any Riot-sponsored competitions because its manager didn’t pay the players “in a timely fashion.” The players themselves aren’t banned but will have to reform as a new team to partake in upcoming championships. They claim “a mistake has been made” and are allegedly contesting the ban with Riot.

Then there’s Team Odyssey, which is coming under fire because its owner is reportedly price-gouging customers in his private, non-gaming business. Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO and Team Odyssey owner Martin Shkreli acquired the rights to sell Daraprim, a drug used, among other things, to treat malaria. He jacked up the price 5,500%, raising the ire of patients worldwide and prompting calls for Riot to investigate whether or not Shkreli violated the “moral turpitude” clause of the studio’s e-sports rules. Shkreli has since announced that he would be lowering the price on the drug.

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Lights_andMusic SirMysk The nose dive is probably the result of the FTC investigation into insider trading in addition to the huge public back lash.
There’s no real conspiracy here. You will see this pricing practice in just about every area of business. It’s typically practiced by placing “options” side by side. It’s such a common practice / phenomenon that it’s one of the earliest subjects that’s covered in undergrad psych classes.

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SirMysk “…swallow and it also makes it much more likely that people will accept the “new” lower number, which will still be quite a price hike.”

I doubt this grand conspiracy included the value of the company taking a huge nose dive.

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Serrenity Murmillo meh, point stands.

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Midgetsnowman Armsbend Damonvile holy freakin socio-political minefield in this article.

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Midgetsnowman Greaterdivinity inb4 ZOMG GET POLITICS OUT OF MY VIDEO GAMEZ!L!!<<<><!! 

Anyway, I think capitalism CAN be moral, if you follow the equally pipe-dreamish teachings of Ayn Rand.  If everyone behaved according to her vision of the Rational Person and her definition of selfishness, capitalism would look much different.  Unfortunately, Rand’s thoughts while a fun and interesting thought experiment, are batshit crazy.  She was a bitter, bitter old woman. 

There’s probably a good distinction here between Free Market Capitalism, and Capitalism as it was originally envisioned.  The initial vision of capitalism had no possible way to account for things like giant corporation, corporate personhood, and corporation impacting politics.  We never updated our thoughts on to account for this, instead just keep vomiting the McCarthy era madness of the Red scare while deifying capitalism because money. 

*cough* /end-rant 
(sorry bree :-)

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Estranged Agreed – that seems to set a precedent that Riot could work within.  With eSports vying for legitimacy, a move like running off Douchey McWallStreet would probably actually help them with that legitimacy.

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Murmillo reading comprehension!  Riot isn’t doing anything yet … but they have been called on by fans to investigate Shkreli’s conduct, to ensure he complies with the “moral turpitude” clause – aka – the “Don’t be a dick” clause.  Which IS in Riot’s wheelhouse because they specifically called it out.

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Cartap SirMysk no one else makes the drug.  It’s technically available to be sold as a generic, it just isn’t being sold as a generic because the previous price was so low.

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Ehh, Riot is trying to control things outside it’s jurisdiction, stick to banning and fining players and teams, don’t go all superhero and try to save the world from an evil salesman.

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Yes. Must have the yin to the yang.
I think Norway is a good compromise. They are rated the happiest country in the world, year after year, for a reason.