League of Legends loses social systems lead, bans three pro teams

    
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One of the most notable developers for League of Legends has left Riot Games for a “new challenge.” Lead Designer of Social Systems Jeffrey Lin announced on Twitter yesterday that he is no longer with the studio.

“Joining Riot has been one of the most epic quests in my life, but today, that quest comes to an end,” Lin posted. “Thank you for embarking on this wild roller coaster ride with me. Social design was pretty new in the games and tech industries, and exploring uncharted territory with you has been a thrilling experience.”

Lin has popped up in the news several times for his experimental work with the MOBA’s notoriously toxic community, including efforts to punish repeat offenders and bringing back a tribunal system.

In other League of Legends news, Riot has banned three professional teams from future championship series events. Owners of Renegades, Team Dragon Knights, and Team Impulse were accused and found guilty of mistreating (and not paying) their players, among other violations.

Source: Rift HeraldTwitlonger via Kotaku. Thanks Pepperzine for the tip!
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jeremy2020
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jeremy2020

Why don’t the esports teams have a union like players in sports leagues do? If they believe RIOT is abusing them and they continue to take it, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for them.

karmamule
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karmamule

SuppliesATK Damonvile Samizdat Faction 3 If I could I might very well be unemployed…

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

BritoBruno Sorenthaz That’s news to me.  No idea what they’d have done unless your friend was just meme’ing about how CLG has had a history of getting competitive rulings against them for random stuff.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

dynaform Sorenthaz Yep.  It’s almost like he’s slowly being pushed out of the LoL scene or something.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

schlag sweetleaf Faction 3 Hey now, don’t a show a picture of the original poster without his permission.  Tisk tisk.

dynaform
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dynaform

Sorenthaz lmao, I just watched the first 5 minutes.  Had no idea Montecristo was the owner.  He refuses to cast MSI due to poor pay by Riot (and is vocal about it) and ends up with a 1 year ban haha

dynaform
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dynaform

Sorenthaz Ah that sucks.  Freeze and Seraph were key imo although Ninja was an upgrade.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Lights_andMusic Faction 3 MONNEH

BritoBruno
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Sorenthaz A friend of mine told me that CLG should be also getting a punishment, but they’re the NA team on Worlds, so Riot went soft/left their punishment for later.
Can you give me a insight on that?

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Faction 3 You’re like 5-10 years behind the times.  I know MassivelyOP has plenty of anti-esports folks who think that competitive gaming shouldn’t exist, but the fact is that there are dozens if not hundreds of companies that have formed up around this stuff.  Esports is only growing bigger and better, so soon enough you’ll be seeing it regularly on your TV along your other precious sports like poker, chess, and NASCAR.