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LPL team Edward Gaming accused of covering up harassment allegations

Published: 13/Sep/2020 14:31 Updated: 13/Sep/2020 14:59

by Daniel Cleary

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The management of Chinese League of Legends org EDward Gaming has been accused of attempting to cover up an allegation of sexual harassment by one of their staff, after the accusation was made public by one of the LPL team’s former employees.

Despite finishing eighth in the 2020 Summer Split, EDward Gaming or ‘EDG’ is considered one of the top organizations in China’s League of Legends competition, LPL, and has competed at Worlds five times since they were founded. Having won numerous regional titles, EDG has often been held in high regard, particularly amongst Chinese fans.

On September 12, a now-former employee claimed that the organization attempted to pay her off, after she accused a team photographer of harassment.

EDG on stage at worlds 2018.
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EDG was considered one of the top Chinese League of Legends orgs, after making multiple appearances at Worlds.

The former employee shared her story on the Chinese social media site, Weibo, along with plenty of screenshots of conversations between her and EDG’s management.

The ex-EDG staffer revealed that she was the “writer, director, and post-production editor” for much of the team’s content, listing their doc series ‘ELOG’ and ‘Fight Back’ as examples of her efforts.

The employee then claimed that EDG’s cameraman, A Yuan, had “sexually harassed” her for a year while they were working on many of these projects, according to a translation shared on Twitter.

The employee also claimed that Yuan used “all kinds of methods to touch [her] at work and in private” and when she brought this up to EDG’s management, they allegedly attempted to “shut her up” by paying her extra.

She included footage of her being approached by the photographer during a team content meeting.

After reporting the situation to EDG’s Operation Manager Chen Mou in January, following the lack of action from EDG she was made to feel “helpless.”

It was revealed that the incidents led to a nine-month back and forth between her and the company, all while trying to distance herself from the photographer, before she was eventually able to release her statement and quit working for the LPL team.

iCrystalization, who shared the translation on Twitter, explained that EDG has been receiving backlash from Chinese League of Legends fans.

EDG responds to harassment claims

EDward Gaming has since responded to the accusations on Weibo. During their statement, they claimed that, outside of oral complaints, their former employee could not provide evidence to prove this harassment.

They explained that after investigating a video sent its legal administration for review, the clip did not show any evidence of any sexual assault.

EDG also addressed their employee’s statements about their “hushing fee,” claiming that it was actually a ‘bonus for the video team’s results in 2019’ and that all members of the production staff had received one. You can find EDG’s full statement here.

It is also worth noting that none of EDG’s players or coaching staff have been brought up in any of these statements.

At the time of writing, Riot has not publicly commented on the situation. However, they have meted out punishments to organizations for off-the-Rift behavior in the past, as was seen with EchoFox being forced to sell their LCS slot in August 2019.

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Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
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Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”