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
Team: Team Immunity
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.
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.
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.
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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