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Riot Games Teams Up With LVP to Create £50,000 UK LoL Tournament Series

Published: 4/Jun/2018 10:41 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 16:51

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games has signed a three-year partnership with LVP to create a new UK League of Legends competition.

Called Forge of Champions, the new tournament structure will offer a £50,000 prize pool and two spots at the European Masters.

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The competition will feature eight professional teams, and sixty-four spots will be available for open sign-ups. Registrations for the competition will open on June 5th, with the Preliminary Tournament beginning on June 22nd. Teams wishing to participate can sign up at the Forge of Champions website.

LVP is best known for operating tournaments in Spain, such as the League of Legends Superliga, but will set up a dedicated UK-based studio from which to host the Forge of Champions.

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Mo Fadl, Head of UK Esports for Riot Games, commented on the partnership:

“When we set up the UK office we had a clear vision in mind; to create the highest level of competition and a source of entertainment for every gamer in the UK, and we needed a partner who could help us realise this vision. LVP has a brilliant reputation amongst teams and the community in Spain and we want to bring that success to the UK. They have been a vital partner for developing Forge of Champions. Naturally, we see this as just that start of our vision for the UK. We know that to build something meaningful will take time and work and we want the players and the community to continue working with us so we can improve.”

Forge of Champions is the first stage of a three-year initiative to promote UK League of Legends, and was developed with feedback and insight from professional UK League of Legends teams, including Diablous and excel Esports.

Riot Games has yet to reveal what else is in store from this partnership after the upcoming Forge of Champions competition.

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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.