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Riot fine MeetYourMakers after manager threatened to take player's home

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Monday brought the news that MYM’s manager, Sebastian “Falli” Rotterdam, had threatened one of his players, saying that if he left the team he would go after the player’s mother’s home. Riot have responded to the action, fining MYM €5,000 and indefintely banning Rotterdam from taking part in the LCS in any role.

However, they also say their “investigation found fault on behalf of both player and management.”

Marcin “Kori” Wolski, MYM’s midlaner, decided to leave the team before the start of the 2015 LCS season, saying that he was owed pay. The pay wasn’t due from MYM itself but from the team MYM took over that Wolski had been a member of, Supa Hot Crew.

Rotterdam said MYM didn’t owe any unpaid wages and that if Wolski left now he’d be in breach of contract and he would go after Wolski’s mother and she “would lose the house.” Wolski, however, was recording the conversation and he sent it to the press.

Since the tape was leaked MYM have fired Rotterdam.

Riot have been debating who was at fault since the matter was brought to their attention back in January. In a long statement, they said that while team contracts are their own business they “will do everything in [their] power to discourage and work against unacceptable environments involving [their] teams and players. [they] have zero tolerance for intimidation of players within an LCS organization.” So when Wolski approached Riot they began to investigate his claims.

Wolski told LCS officials he had a recording of Rotterdam but they did not request the tape because there were “legal concerns regarding the recording which was obtained without all parties’ knowledge” and they did not “use it to inform [their] ongoing investigation.”

LCS say that the case is not clear cut - “Our investigation found fault on behalf of both player and management." Riot say Wolski’s claims about not being paid are the result of “Wolski's own failure to provide requested tax documentation.” MYM provided the LCS with proof that while Wolski was in the employ of MYM he never missed a payment. This means that when Wolski refused to play and demanded to be released from the team he was “breaking an active contract and commitment to MYM.”

However, despite Wolski initially being in the wrong, Riot say that “teams have a moral commitment to treat players - who are often inexperienced and vulnerable - with dignity and respect” and “Rotterdam’s actions in conversation with Wolski when addressing this contract break were both unprofessional and unjustifiable.”

As a result, Riot have “indefinitely suspended by Riot from competing within the LCS as a manager or any other team position.”

They have also weighed a fine against MYM because “an entire LCS organization shoulders the responsibility for the behavior of their team members and ensuring their players have a safe and professional environment. MYM will be held accountable for Rotterdam’s actions towards Wolski and for failing to protect their team members from his unacceptable and bullying behavior.”

For Rotterdam’s unprofessional behaviour, Riot are fining MYM €5,000. Riot say they came to this amount after considering a number of factors: “Primarily, we considered the fact that Rotterdam’s actions - and MYM’s failure to protect players from them - created an unprofessional work environment for the team. We also took into account the fact that MYM acted decisively to remove Rotterdam from the organization once the full facts of his behavior had come to light. Lastly, although it in no way justifies threats or intimidation, we also considered when deciding on a punishment the fact that Wolski appeared to break a commitment to a team, which put not only his career but those of his teammates in jeopardy.”

Some LCS fans have called for MYM to be kicked from the league but Riot say they “feel that MYM has taken significant steps to remove toxic influence from within their organization.” Plus, kicking MYM would “unnecessarily penalize players and interrupt their pro careers through no fault of their own.” However, “any further violations can and will put them on a path to suspension from the LCS.”

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Glen_Runciter Avatar
3 Years ago

yes, this is exactly what competitive gaming is supposed to look like. we are on a great path, people

Shriven Avatar
3 Years ago

Christ...these people are from another planet...

Dalien Avatar
3 Years ago

LoL... what is it about this game that attracts these miscreant, socially maladjusted types? Come to think of it, lots of MOBAs seem to attract that crowd... which is why I won't touch them with a 10-ft. pole.

QDP2 Avatar
3 Years ago

There's a simple answer to that question, competitive gaming. With any competitive game (LoL, DotA, Call of Duty) where people are physically working against each other to gain the advantage, these types of people like to appear. It is a great place for them to let out there steam, by doing well (and whilst playing doing everything they can to bully, harass and otherwise annoy the enemy team).

As you say MOBAs are specifically bad when it comes to attracting this play-style, and that's because in MOBAs they can also complain at there team-mates when there losing, pass of the blame and argue with others, no matter the games outcome. In larger games such as Battlefield there is no expectations or relying on specific people, so if you have a bad kill/death ratio that's your own fault, hence these larger (less personal) games are often not gathering the same crowd.

I completely agree with your problems over poor players, but luckily they are still a minority, and companies such as Riot dislike them just as much as you or I do. They try there hardest to combat these kind of players, by adding report options which can result in even permanent banning of there accounts. Admittedly these acts don't stop them playing, and unfortunately I don't believe they will ever find a way to completely remove these types of gamers from the community, but that said the game itself can easily outweigh those poor players. There is a great feeling of connection between you and your team when played properly, reading your own team-mates plans and working together to out-wit and out-perform them, or falling behind and then as a group dragging yourselves back into the fight. It is a very fair and extremely balanced game that gives such a massive sense of achievement as a reward for winning games, that I would recommend you try moving in past that 10-ft pole and actually playing them. Yes you will encounter the bad players along the way, but at the same time you will make new online friends, and get a far greater sense of satisfaction and achievement than the negatives of a minority.

Chaz Avatar
3 Years ago

Not surprised to find that the player was in breach of contract but the LCS is right, these are kids only just beginning to find out the reality of business and their more savvy support staff, especially managers, should lead by example and most definitely not threaten them.