Riot Announces Season Four Streaming Restrictions

Ever catch your favorite LCS player streaming a late night game of Starcraft or enjoying some Heartstone? Well it looks like that will soon be a thing of the past.

Parts of the contract that Riot will be making players sign before they are able to take part in the upcoming season of LCS play has made its way on to reddit. Contained within the contract are a list of other games that LCS players will not be able to stream while competing in the LCS.

Riot’s director of eSports, Whalen Rozelle, released the following quote giving some insight into Riot’s thought process behind these new restrictions:

“I can’t stress enough how these guys in the LCS are on the road to being real, legitimate athletes. This is new territory for a lot of teams (especially in esports), because the transition goes from being a group of talented individuals to being real icons of a sport and a league. Similarly, you probably wouldn’t see an NFL player promoting Arena Football or a Nike-sponsored player wearing Reebok on camera. Pro players are free to play whatever games they want – we’re simply asking them to keep in mind that, on-stream, they’re the face of competitive League of Legends.”

Player reaction is still coming in. The bits that are available have been mixed. Doublelift took to Twitter to express his frustration with the new restrictions. Saintvicious expressed some doubts regarding whether the restrictions would make it into the final contract, stating that he felt it was something Riot was hoping to get but might be talked down from.

Either way, it will be interesting to see if Riot continues to uphold the restrictions and how players will react to them once Season Four arrives and the restrictions kick in.

How do you feel about these new rules? Should players be allowed to stream whatever they want in their free time, or as paid players of a gaming brand, should they be required to only promote the brand that is paying them. Let me know what you think.

Image of contract:

UPDATE: Well it looks like Saint is living up to his reputation of being strangely well informed. It looks like Riot will be softening their stance after pros and fans alike spent the better part of the last few days being up in arms. Makes you wonder why we can’t convince them to do a better job of cleaning up the community…but that’s beside the point I guess.

2 thoughts on “Riot Announces Season Four Streaming Restrictions

  1. I think it is bullshit, overall. You can’t compare eSports to real life sports. If anything, I’d say allowing your pros stream and build up their own reputations outside of just being League players helps more than hurts.

    Most of them are going to be known for their League play over streaming some other game, so I imagine the conversations while streaming naturally tend back toward League. Plus, it is in their own interest to keep players coming back for watching them play League anyway, so it seems like the advertisement for a different game would still feed back into advertising for League.

    Either way, this is the internet and people play more than one game. Get over yourselves, Riot.

    • Well, sounds like they either listened to you and Saint really is the most knowledgeable former pro of all. I tend to agree with you. It was a very childish reaction to a problem that they could have solved with a lot fewer restrictions. To quote a popular gaming expression, they acted like they were butthurt. But you gotta give them credit, they appear to be willing to step back and reconsider. Now if only they would stop and give two poops about their non pro players 😛

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