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LoL caster LS responds to backlash after controversial female player comments

Published: 28/Jan/2019 13:08 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 13:26

by Joe O'Brien

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League of Legends coach and commentator Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare has responded to criticism over comments he made about female players during a recent stream.

As well as coaching for Challengers Korea team bbq Olivers and commentating for the LCK, LS is a streamer for Counter Logic Gaming, during which he often broadcasts the player reviews he also offers to individual clients.

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While reviewing a player on his stream, LS noted an unusual pattern in their ranking over the years, which alternated between peaks of Diamond and Platinum rating and the less impressive Gold.

“It’s a girl, so you’re seeing the years when she had a boyfriend and when she was single,” LS joked, before pointing to the Gold seasons as times when she’d been single, and the higher ratings as times she’d been in a relationship, apparently implying that the higher ranks were the result of duoing with a higher-skilled partner.

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After facing some criticism for the comments in a Reddit thread, he responded by stating that the comments were not a blanket statement about female players but simply a joke about a particular profile.

“This isn’t my take on what is happening with all girl LoL players, but rather joking about what tends to be the case (subjective experiences) with KR female LoL players with histories like this. That being said there’s some legit insane master~challenger female kr LoL players who are super sick (the irelia onetrick and the a.sol+anivia girls are a bit famous, but they’re not the female league pros). So obviously I don’t think all females are bad at the game lol, just poking fun at a season history like this with Max since he brought it up first. Blows my mind if this could ever try to be twisted any other way.”

LS has never shied away from speaking his mind, as willing to criticize random low-ranked players as major organizations like 100 Thieves, which has made him a popular if sometimes controversial figure in League of Legends.

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Astralis fined by Riot Games after LEC investigation

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:27 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:33

by Calum Patterson

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Danish esports organization Astralis must pay a €5,000 fine, and must fulfill new requirements, Riot Games has ruled after an investigation into the team’s missing salary payments to players, and the actions of the team’s general manager.

LEC Commissioner Maximillian Peter Schmidt said that “multiple Astralis Team Members had reached out to the League reporting missing salary payments as well as conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager by the interim Astralis General Manager.”

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The LEC investigation found that the missing salary payments were “tied to the specifics of the Danish jurisdiction and human error.”

“Astralis was fully cooperative and swiftly resolved the matter,” the ruling continues. “The League confirmed all missing payments have now been received by the Team Members.”

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Astralis previously played under the Origen brand in the LEC, until rebranding in September.

However, the investigation also found that “the Astralis GM exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.”

The GM in question is not named. Astralis’s former GM, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge, who was there when the team went by Origen in the LEC, left at the same time as the rebranding was announced, back in September.

In addition to the €5,000 fine, Astralis must now meet four extra requirements as an organization in the LEC:

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  • Astralis is required to establish and communicate a direct avenue which Team Members can use to report potential grievances towards the Astralis ownership group.
  • Astralis is required to establish an on-boarding program for their Team Members including an outline of the above as well as an overview of Danish vacation pay and tax/payment/EasyID requirements.
  • The League will schedule check-in calls with all Team Members in the 2021 Season to ensure the above has been executed.
  • Astralis and their General Manager will be officially warned for conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager as we consider the LEC organizations responsible for the actions of their employees.

At the time of writing, Astralis has not commented publicly on the LEC’s ruling.

The organization is best known for its CS:GO team, and rebranded their FIFA and LoL teams to unify the brand under the Astralis banner.