League of Legends: Caster boycott, Aurelion Sol, and Chinese theme song

    
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Three high-profile freelance League of Legends e-sports casters are effectively boycotting the Mid-Season Invitational, claiming Riot Games “failed to arrive at an industry standard rate” for their services in Shanghai. MonteCristo, DoA, and PapaSmithy allege that Riot offered them only 40%-70% of the “rate received by talent for major events” for other major e-sports titles, including Dota 2 and Hearthstone, and would not meet what the trio considered the industry standard, leading them to refuse to cast for the MSI.

“[B]y agreeing to a significantly lower wage we fear that we may contribute to the regression of standards for freelance casters in the industry as a whole,” the group said in its statement apologizing to fans for their decision not to participate.

In other League of Legends news, Riot has formally released Aurelion Sol, a gorgeous and spooky celestial-themed mid-range AOE mage hero, and MMO Culture reports that Tencent has released the official theme song for the Chinese version of the game, featuring Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou. The videos for both are below.

Source: Official site, MMO Culture, Medium via Reddit. Thanks, Sorenthaz.
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SulkyJoe
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flatline4400 Xijit Sorry that you guys still have your heads in the gutter. Same concept of watching people play sports. It’s a stupid thing if you put it that way yet people still do it.

SulkyJoe
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SulkyJoe

Xijit Whether you understand it or not, this is a multi-billion dollar industry, that pulls in more viewers that many traditional sports manage. Have fun being left behind in the dust

dorn2
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dorn2

flatline4400 Xijit 
Reality television exists.  I think you have something wrong with your head.  The amount of stupid crap on television and you are having trouble understanding watching a sport?

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

CloakingDonkey Xijit Private payment.
I would understand if you talked about the government, but Rito pays whoever they want for whatever they want.
Isn’t that the idea of this great civilization? The freedom to come and go and start your business and make your living with your own choices?
MURICA

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Damonvile BritoBruno Sorenthaz Truth be told, they’re just not accepting this job. They’ll probably get a better pay in the next. They still respect Riot as a company.
It’s more of just a refusal to do a job for a non-agreement on the payment. Nothing really more serious than that.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

Xijit I cant wrap my head around people who cheerfully demean people for daring to want to be paid a decent wage for work.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

aldristavan Ooh, ooh does it include the standard whinging about how they should be happy to accept sub-pioverty wages like good corporate proles?

Damonvile
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Damonvile

BritoBruno Sorenthaz Damonvile I’d like to see how this turns out. People are often outraged about everything on the internet but when it comes time for them to actually do without something they want to make a stand, they fold like a cheap suit.

HeadlineSkimmer
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HeadlineSkimmer

Didn’t you get the memo? Esports personalities don’t deserve the massive paychecks that other celebrities get, just because they are involved with video games instead of real life.
It’s also OK when these celebrities make themselves look like jackasses. At least they’re not playing those nasty computer games.

CloakingDonkey
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Xijit And I can’t get my head around how much managers get paid to be annoying busy bodies while everyone else does the actual work. Or how much business analysts make for what is basically modern voodoo… Or football players or F1 drivers… There are plenty of people who get paid entirely disproportionate amounts of money compared to the people who keep civilization running.