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The League of Legends subreddit is, at it’s finest, an excellent community for discussion about eSports, future updates, and the game in general. At it’s worst, it’s known for an extremely volatile community that can turn on a dime. At the head of more than 600k subscribers sits the true influencers of what lives and dies on the forum – its moderators.

After recently coming under fire for affiliate influenced censorship, it has been revealed that some of the subreddit’s moderators have signed an NDA with Riot Games.

What should be noted is that this NDA is completely optional, required to sign only by moderators choosing to enter a Skype room with other moderators and employees of Riot. It is NOT required to become a moderator. The purpose of the room is to relay information between Riot and the moderation staff on issues like server stability issues.

This has caused quite a stir among the subreddit’s users, inciting concerns of Riot control over the forum and conflicts of interest among the moderation team.

Rioter Triggs has responded to these concerns through a series of comments, and maintains that Riot’s holds no control over the subreddit or it’s content, citing player security as the primary reason for the NDA.

We do have zero influence on this subreddit. As the statement we provided says, the existence of this room is so that our technicians can better handle emergent server stability issues. The NDA is the same standard that anyone has to sign when they may come across any confidential information.

This chat room allows the moderators to have accurate and relevant messaging on the top of the subreddit that a lot of players come here for.

The NDA doesn’t say that we have any authority over what’s posted here or that they have to check with us before approving/removing a post. It ensures that player information and sensitive security issues remain confidential.

Riot’s official statement in full, taken from the article mentioned above:

 

“It takes a community to create a healthy live service for League of Legends, so we have a channel with mods where they can report emergency issues: from players threatening to harm themselves or others, to service outages that can be directed to the team with little delay. The NDAs are in place so we can protect player privacy and have meaningful conversations around security. Riot has a clear internal policy that Reddit is a channel for players by players and we are guests there.”

Bryce Blum, a lawyer working in eSports, known on reddit as “esportslaw” has also offered his take on the subject, found here.

Here is the NDA in question.


It is important to note that any opinions or comments discussed here or on the subreddit are not representative of myself or the NoL staff, and this is intended to spark a meaningful discussion with no favor in any direction.