Riot Games reverses policy, pro players "free to stream any games they want"
Changing course from a decision earlier this week, LCS players can't accept sponsorship but can stream any game they desire.
Riot Games just pulled a quick course correction. The company said yesterday that professional players would not be able to stream any from a list of 27 video games, including Dota 2, World of Tanks, and Starcraft II. But OnGamers reports that Riot's director of eSports, Whalen Rozelle, has updated their streaming policy.
Rozelle wrote, "Teams and players can’t accept sponsorship from other game companies to promote other titles. Besides that, they are free to stream any games they want."
He clarifies that the original reason for the ban was to prevent other game studios from "trying to buy access to League fans by using (or trying to use) LCS teams/players to promote their competing games on stream." However, Rozelle admits that the complete ban on streaming was an "overreach" that "encroached on pros’ ability to have fun and entertain viewers during long Challenger queues."
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