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League of Legends team owner is at the centre of a pharmaceutical drugs controversy as tablet prices soar

League of Legends drug controversy

The price of Daraprim - a drug used to treat malaria and toxoplasmosis - has risen 5500%, from $13.50 per tablet to $750. It’s a huge controversy over in the pharmaceutical industry, and right at the centre of it is Martin “Cerebral” Shkreli, the owner Turing Pharmaceutical, producer of Daraprim, who is also the owner of League of Legends team Odyssey.

It’s a huge deal for the medical world, and an even bigger deal for patients who rely on the drug to aid in their treatment. But what does this have to do with games? Take a look at the official rules for Riot’s 2015 League of Legends season:

“10.2.10 Moral Turpitude. A Team Member may not engage in any activity which is deemed by the LCS to be immoral, disgraceful, or contrary to conventional standards of proper ethical behavior.”  

The League of Legends community have questioned if Riot should step in and investigate if Shkreli should be allowed continued control over his team. 

Shkreli’s team has seen some success this year after merging with Team Imagine. Imagine reached the semi-finals of the NACS Summer Playoffs. 

In regards to the drug controversy itself, Shkreli spoke to Bloomberg to explain the price increase, which he explained was needed to increase business profits and allow the company to explore new treatments for toxoplasmosis.  

"We're spending tens of millions of dollars on making a better version of Daraprim that is more effective and less toxic," said Shkreli. "These patients deserve a drug company that is turning a fair profit and is developing a drug that is better for them. They don't deserve a drug that's 70 years old - they deserve a modern medicine that can cure toxoplasmosis quickly.

“Drug development is very expensive, it can cost a billion dollars. It's only fair that we make a profit and we take that money, and we put [the results] back into the patient's hands. I don't advocate for companies that raise prices and don't do any research - and by the way, there are dozens of those.”

Shkreli’s claims have been disputed by the HIV Medicine Association and condemned by Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton

How do you feel about the situation? Should Riot step in and investigate Shkreli’s actions? Or should anything separate from League of Legends not be of concern to the eSport? 

Thanks, Eurogamer

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llubtoille Avatar
2 Years ago

Shkreli then went on to clarify "Blood for the BLOOD GOD" and single-handedly severing the reporter's head, threw it upon the pile with a howl "SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!"

Up to Riot whether they want to enforce their rules, might slip by as they're only a challenger team.

Tovias Avatar
2 Years ago

Foolish Dwarf, can you not see? This is the treachery of Nurgle and its cultists.



Fattox Avatar
2 Years ago

It's an immune system treatment for people with AIDs too, from what i read in the news. I wonder how many people will end up dying from this price hike.

From what i read, they were also already still (just about) turning a profit. 5000% is quite a bump, for something that isn't already losing you money...

Flappers Avatar
2 Years ago

I think these rules are subject to interpretation. Although vague, I'm sure they really mean with it applying to the game and everything surrounding the game. The pharmaceutical thing, I don't believe that it really applies.

But saying that, Riot do have a choice here. They could win over a lot of praise pretty easily by applying these vague terms, and kicking the guy out... alternatively, they could stay out of it to avoid any controversy.

Either way, it's a decision for their lawyers to make, not the players

NihlusGreen Avatar
2 Years ago

More here http://cheezburger.com/8567357952/outrage-of-the-day-hedge-fund-dude-buys-aids-drug-increases-the-price-500-percent-the-internet-aint?ref=whatspopular what a dick

Xerkics Avatar
2 Years ago

This is literally pure evil , things like that will make this drug not available on the NHS for example because it would be considered too expensive.

Its really the lowest of the low profiteering , i can understand companies charging reasonably high for new drugs to encourage research and innovation but buying up rights to existing pretty essential drug and greed like that its just ... wrong.

TsunamiWombat Avatar
2 Years ago

It's worth noting this is NOT the first time this particular individual has done this, and he is currently under suit for the first time, if I recall correctly?

bryant Avatar
2 Years ago

Keep political shit out of games.