Neoseeker : News : League of Legends LCS contracts ban streaming of Dota 2, World of Tanks, Blizzard games
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Yay4sean Dec 4, 13
Douche move, Riot. No one likes monopoly-esque policies. I'm actually surprised they would do something like that, considering how well they do many other things in the E-sports world. Oh well.
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bluexy Dec 4, 13
For those curious, the language of the contract reads as the following: "The following companies and/or products are not to be advertised during or adjacent to League of Legends content during the term. To the extent that a specific game title is listed below a particular video game developer and/or publisher, the foregoing restriction shall be limited to the particular game title(s) listed for the developer/publisher and does not extend to other game title(s) created and/or distributed by said video game developer and/or publisher."
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Unstoppable_Luke Dec 4, 13
Stream Dota or feed.
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Rendan Dec 4, 13
I used to like Riot but now I've lost all respect for them. Good job Riot, you really screwed the pooch.
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Al The Killer Dec 4, 13
Dick move.
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Huntereb Dec 4, 13
Why the *bleep* does it matter to them? Oh yeah, $$$.
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BluAnimal Dec 4, 13
I think you all aren't understanding this very well...

This would be in a situation where say, Dyrus hops on Twitch.tv and decides he'll play some League of Legends. He queues up and seeing that it will probably be ~30 minutes in queue he'll fire up some Hearthstone to pass the time. This. Is against their contract. Why? Because on Twitch.tv Dyrus will have listed his stream title and game as League of Legends.

Dyrus is going to play some League of Legends, same scenario. He starts up Hearthstone and he's free to play it... As long as he changes the Currently Playing: to Hearthstone.

Sure it sucks that we can't watch people play other games while waiting, but if you're really wanting to see some Starcraft, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, etc. how about you go look for them on Twitch.tv? If I want to see someone rock Hearthstone, it will be a pro Hearthstone player, not a pro League player. The only downside I see to any of this is the fact that now there isn't much to do in queue besides answer viewer questions or play the millions of games that are not listed in the contract...

You guys are making a big deal out of something that was in place last LCS.
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InsertName Dec 4, 13
I feel this report us biased and only looks at the negative side. If you look at it from a managers perspective it makes sense you wouldn't want your pros showing other sports. I don't want to my favorite hockey player play football, or rugby. Why would I want to watch my favorite league player play DOTA 2.
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bluexy Dec 4, 13
quote InsertName
I feel this report us biased and only looks at the negative side. If you look at it from a managers perspective it makes sense you wouldn't want your pros showing other sports. I don't want to my favorite hockey player play football, or rugby. Why would I want to watch my favorite league player play DOTA 2.
This would be a solid perspective if say the League of Legends players were also trying to play these other games professionally. That's not what this is about. This is about their ability to livestream themselves playing these games outside of their day jobs playing League of Legends.

There is essentially no other purpose for these clauses other than to prevent League of Legends pros from even being associated with other games in a public manner. It's selfish, it's anti-competitive and it's detrimental to the goals of the greater gaming community.
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Al The Killer Dec 4, 13
quote BluAnimal
I think you all aren't understanding this very well...

This would be in a situation where say, Dyrus hops on Twitch.tv and decides he'll play some League of Legends. He queues up and seeing that it will probably be ~30 minutes in queue he'll fire up some Hearthstone to pass the time. This. Is against their contract. Why? Because on Twitch.tv Dyrus will have listed his stream title and game as League of Legends.

Dyrus is going to play some League of Legends, same scenario. He starts up Hearthstone and he's free to play it... As long as he changes the Currently Playing: to Hearthstone.

Sure it sucks that we can't watch people play other games while waiting, but if you're really wanting to see some Starcraft, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, etc. how about you go look for them on Twitch.tv? If I want to see someone rock Hearthstone, it will be a pro Hearthstone player, not a pro League player. The only downside I see to any of this is the fact that now there isn't much to do in queue besides answer viewer questions or play the millions of games that are not listed in the contract...

You guys are making a big deal out of something that was in place last LCS.
Yeah, but it's not like Riot pays them to stream. I cannot think of one LCS player that is okay with this.
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Lorx Dec 4, 13
quote bluexy
For those curious, the language of the contract reads as the following: "The following companies and/or products are not to be advertised during or adjacent to League of Legends content during the term. To the extent that a specific game title is listed below a particular video game developer and/or publisher, the foregoing restriction shall be limited to the particular game title(s) listed for the developer/publisher and does not extend to other game title(s) created and/or distributed by said video game developer and/or publisher."
If this is the exact wording then the players are still free to stream the competing games and go nuts, they just have to have some downtime and planning in their stream. I'm not too bothered by it if so, the streams I've seen all did little interactive q&a and such with the viewers instead which is far preferable anyway.
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bluexy Dec 4, 13
lorx unfortunately that's not true, it has been confirmed with teams that they aren't allowed to stream these games at all.
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neto_360 Dec 4, 13
Apparently Riot had this sort of deal in the previous iteration of the contracts, but was only really bothered with LCS players playing other MOBA type games on stream.

I don't care about the policy, but I'm not the one affected by it. Though, maybe it will prompt more streamers to talk to the viewers in queue after ads are done. If not, they can just play the other 1000s of games there are to play. Heck, honestly the only game that pro streamers will probably be sad not being able to play on their stream is Hearthstone.
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Wakaman Dec 4, 13
Sounds awful and them being leaders of the esport thing makes it even worse. How can they be part of that and say they are while not letting LoL pros stream those games. Very Selfish.

Bunch of double faced assholes by the looks of it. Will not be bothering with anything of theirs from now on that's for sure.
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