Every single team participating in the League of Legends Season 4 LCS tournament has been prohibited from playing live in other competitive titles, most notably Valve’s Dota 2 and Blizzard’s Hearthstone, Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft.
These contracts were handed less than 3 weeks time of Riot’s Battle of the Atlantic tournament.
The revealed contracts in Section 3 Rule 4 about “Non-League Events and Streaming” state the following:
“… the [LCS] Team shall ensure that, during the Term of this Agreement, its Team Members do not publicly stream gameplay of the titles set forth on Exhibit B”. Exhibit B states “the specific restrictions on streaming are set forth in the Sponsorship and Streaming Restricted List, as updated by the League from time to time”
Over 30 games have been banned with the most notable already been mentioned (the obvious competitors in terms of viewers: Dota2, Hearthstone and Starcraft 2).
But the list even goes further and even prohibits playing Poker, the use of gambling websites and even prohibits their players from smoking!
The website that got a hand in these contracts was ongamers and according to them, Riot refused to comment on these contracts.
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