Riot takes action against League of Legends esports team Echo Fox over allegations of racist abuse

    
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League of Legends esports team Echo Fox is in hot water with Riot following allegations of racist abuse by one of the team’s major shareholders. The drama began last month when Echo Fox shareholder and co-founder Rick Fox announced that he was selling his shares and parting ways with the organization in response to racist remarks made by another major shareholder, later identified as Amit Raizada, which prompted Riot to launch an investigation into the issue. Raizada reportedly used a racial slur in a heated email dispute with Jace Hall, and Riot’s investigation later revealed that he had also “used threatening language toward Rick Fox and his family.”

Now, League of Legends Championship Series Commissioner Chris Greeley has announced that the preliminary investigation has been completed, adding that “[h]ate speech, threats, and bigotry have no place in the LCS.” As a result of the investigation, Riot has mandated that Echo Fox has 60 days to “take action by removing any individuals whose actions violate League rules and agreements.” Should the organization fail to do so within the allotted time, “the League will take formal action that may adversely impact the future of Echo Fox in the LCS.”

Source: Polygon (1, 2), Twitter

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“Riot takes action against League of Legends esports team Echo Fox over allegations of racist abuse”

“League of Legends esports team Echo Fox takes action against Riot over allegations of sexist abuse”

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Sorenthaz

As bad as it is, this does raise a dilemma where Riot appears to be overreaching, telling an organization (that is not exclusive to LoL) to remove a shareholder from it. I guess it depends on what kind of presence this shareholder has in the org and if he’s actually involved at all or if he just fuels them money.

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Bruno Brito

1- Echo Fox is Sonicfox’s team. Ironic that a team that employees a black gay furry FGC god also gets in hot water for racism.

2- Considering the playerbase of their game, this: “[h]ate speech, threats, and bigotry have no place in the LCS.” is laughably ironic.

Remember, Harassment is only INSIDE Riot. Not outside. This crime against secrecy shall not stand.

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Sorenthaz

To be fair it’s just a shareholder, so for all we know it’s just someone giving them money who doesn’t actually interact at all.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, true.

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Cyclone Jack

Isn’t this a little like the pot calling the kettle black?

Oh my bad, this is about racism and not sexism, amirite Riot.

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Dystopiq

And if they did nothing you’d be here bitching either way. They did something. It’s better than nothing.

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terminallynerdy

Toxic Gaming needs to be stopped, and I am all for this. Trash talk (TO A POINT) is one thing, but leave stuff like race / sex / gender out of it. You can tell people to get bent / get wrecked scrub without using slurs and derogatory comments.

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Alex Willis

I’m pleased Rick Fox took the stance he did. He has a long history in gaming (professional and otherwise) and understands the value of ethical integrity. It would be good to see more backbone in the industry along these lines.