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Riot set a new precedent in their latest competitive ruling, focusing its punishment on the organization, and making clear that the players were not at fault. Violating payment agreements, Team Immunity the organization(and it’s owners), not the players – has been banned from competing in any official League of Legends tournament for 2 years. Riot has also ensured that players will receive the payments owed to them, and will allow them to continue competing in the OPL under a new organization, retaining their OPL spot.

 

Competition Ruling: Team Immunity

 

by Riot CptStupendous 

 

Team: Team Immunity
Region: Oceania
Date of Ruling: September 22nd 2015
Subject: Violation of OPL Team Agreement

TL:DR – Team Immunity, an OPL pro team, has failed to meet the requirements of their OPL Team Agreement by not paying minimum match payments to their players. Despite warnings, Team Immunity failed to pay their players within a set time of receiving payment from Riot in consecutive splits.

We will therefore not be allowing the owners or the organisation of Team Immunity to compete in the OPL or any official League of Legends tournament for 2 years. We will ensure that all players receive the match payments owed to them, and will allow those players to continue playing in OPL as/with a new organisation.

Background

Teams in the OPL sign an agreement with Riot in which they agree to pay a minimum match payment to their players within a set period. In split 1 of the 2015 season, the OPL required teams to remit match payments to players within 30 days of receiving payment from Riot. In split 2 of the 2015 season, the OPL required teams to remit match payments to players within 21 days of receiving payment from Riot.

In both splits, multiple reports from players alleged that Team Immunity failed to pay them their owed match payments within a reasonable margin of time. Upon investigation, we confirmed that these payments were outstanding within the agreed-upon time period and that Team Immunity were in violation of their team agreement.

Ruling

The organisation known as Team Immunity and their ownership will not be approved for participation in the 2016 OPL League and will be prohibited from involvement with any team competing in any League of Legends fixture for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, after which time a review will be conducted. To avoid doubt, this includes any Riot-sanctioned competition including professional, semi-professional, and university competitions.

In regards to the 2016 season, the registered players of Team Immunity will be offered their earned slot in the League should they choose to compete as another organisation.

The registered players will also be eligible for voting in the 2015 International Wildcard All Stars.

 

Commentary

As esports grows, so does the investment required of professional players who compete at the highest level. The OPL believes it is important that professional players in Oceania receive match payments to compensate them for the time and effort they put into their play, as well as the pressures they face. We believe it is unacceptable for organisations to repeatedly withhold or delay payments owed to their players.

Unfortunately, Team Immunity has repeatedly proven they are not capable of operating at the standards we expect on behalf of their players and fans. The players themselves, however, have done nothing wrong here, and we will work with them as they decide what path to follow in the 2016 season of OPL.

 

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After one of their players was recently suspended, OPL team Rich Gang have found themselves in trouble yet again, this time resulting in the immediate removal of the team from the league.

League of Legends Competition Ruling

 

Team: Rich Gang
Region: Oceania
Date of Ruling: March 20th, 2015
Subject: Violation of OPL Team Agreement

Facts

Since their inclusion in the League, the team known as Rich Gang has repeatedly demonstrated an inability to fulfill the requirements of a professional organisation in the OPL. Rich Gang has shown a lack of institutional governance over their players represented by the three separate player suspensions (first, second and third) for in-game behaviour, and repeated inappropriate actions on team social media accounts.

Rich Gang has also demonstrated a disappointing lack of professionalism on their own social media channels, resulting in lewd, racist, abusive and otherwise indecent content released on a regular basis. OPL officials have made multiple attempts to work with the organisation and players of Rich Gang about their behaviour. Despite assurances from the organisation that behaviour would improve, it has not, and it seems the organisation is incapable of delivering on those assurances.

Relevant Rules

8.2.4 Discrimination and Denigration

Team Members may not offend the dignity or integrity of a country, private person, or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory, or denigrating words or actions on account of race, skin color, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, financial status, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason.

8.2.2 Harassment

Harassment is forbidden. Harassment is defined as systematic, hostile, and repeated acts taking place over a considerable period of time, which are intended to isolate or ostracize a person and/or affect the dignity of the person.

8.2.7 Player Behavior Investigation

If Riot determines that a Team Member has violated the Summoner’s Code, the LoL Terms of Service, or other rules of LoL, Riot officials may assign penalties at their sole discretion.

In addition, each OPL organisation signs an agreement with Riot which includes an immediate right of termination if “the Team Owner fails to manage its Team Members or Team Managers effectively and such failure causes, or would reasonably be expected to cause, harm to the League or other OPL teams or players, including harm that follows as a consequence of the Team Members or Team Managers repeatedly failing or refusing to obey the Rules or the written instructions of the League issued pursuant to the Rules” or if “a Team Member or Team Manager commits any act or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which the League believes, in its sole judgment, brings the Team, Team Member or Team Manager into public disrepute, scandal or ridicule, or shocks or offends the community, or derogates from her/his/its public image or reflects unfavorably upon the LoL Game, the League or any League Entity.”

Ruling

Effective immediately, the team known as Rich Gang will be removed from the Oceanic Pro
League. Any previous player suspensions will remain in effect for the entirety of the described term outlined in the corresponding rulings. The organisation (including the individual owner) of Rich Gang is indefinitely prohibited from owning another team in the OPL. Any team members and/or team affiliates who are not currently serving a suspension will be free to join other teams.

Any remaining games to be played by Rich Gang will result in an automatic forfeit, and a point awarded to their scheduled opponent. For the second split, their place in the OPL will be automatically awarded to the first-place team of the current Oceanic Challenger Series tournament.

Commentary

Removing a team from professional competition is not an easy decision, nor one we enjoy making. The Riot Oceania team is fully committed to working with all organisations to improve their standing in the esports community, but that work can only succeed if paired with genuine effort from the organisation. In this particular case, the lack of institutional management over the players, the organisation’s inappropriate social media content and the failure to meet the requirements of the OPL Team Agreement have demonstrated a fundamental misalignment between Rich Gang and the OPL. We hope the non-offending Rich Gang players will find another team and continue to compete in the OPL..