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."

For complete coverage of the eSports scene, and further details on this story, check out GamesSpot's official eSports partner site OnGamers.

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Discussion

27 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

It was a stupid, paranoid decision to begin with and good riddance. Damn, this is what you get when companies mix into e-sports too much. The conflict of interest isn't just on the players' part.

megakick
megakick

Puff Daddy said it best," it's all about the BENJAMINS."

DrKill09
DrKill09

"Professional players" lol.  I thought gaming was about having fun?  Overbloated losers.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I understand Riot's perspective, but it seems somewhat self defeating to say LCS players can be professional LOL players but not professional gamers in general.  By comparison, Artosis came to Blizzcon as a major StarCraft contender, lost, but came home with the Hearthstone Innkeepers Invitational trophy.


I guess you don't see pro football players who are simultaneously pro baseball players.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

It's a telling move on Riot's part.  They're afraid of the competition.  Gamers are a fickle lot, and Riot may wind up being a one trick pony if the LoL crowd moves on to something better.

Nergathh
Nergathh

I dont play LoL a but it seems that Riot understood that people was unhappy with this and was willing to admit that they were wrong.  

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Many pro players are playing stuff like Hearthstone in down time while they wait for matches because the queue can be quite long at top levels of play.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

Well...there's that I guess. 

shnelle
shnelle

Not to mention it encroached on Pro Players streaming paychecks.  I'm sure that didn't cause much of a stir.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Wow the power of the internet and the gaming community has been changing a lot of policies devised to control. Finally we being one of the most whiny, entitled, know-it-alls are using our voice for the good.



hystavito
hystavito

Just like that? :)


I guess they really caused a major bleepstorm.

haze0986
haze0986

@chibi-acer bo jackson, deion sanders, michael jordan was baseball/basketball, alot of people play more than one sport at the same time, only question is are they good at the second 

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

@chibi-acer "I guess you don't see pro football players who are simultaneously pro baseball players." Except if your name is Bo Jackson. :D

rann89
rann89

@J_Dangerously Yeah. Completely. OR - and stay with me here - they're like any other smart company and backtracks on bad publicity.

rann89
rann89

@xsonicchaos Fortunately for Riot, hundreds of millions of other people do.

mortalsaw
mortalsaw

@xsonicchaosthey developed a game which has the most played video game time in the history achieved around just 4 years .

aermeus
aermeus

@morespamforya yeah...i have to agree...love him or hate him, TB is undeniably a influential force in the gaming world.  I have to believe that his content patch pointed out some pretty big problems with the policy that gave Riot some mud on their face...


I have to say...the current trend by companies to reach as far as possible in the name of profits is really saddening for the game industry...Microsoft did the same thing with the xbox one and the microtransactions in all the new games reflects a blatant attempt to see what they can get away with before gamers start pushing back.  

Hurvl
Hurvl

@rann89@J_DangerouslyThey also seem to be like any stupid company in making such rules in the first place. If they hadn't backed down, that restriction would have seriously affected those gamers.