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League of Legends' Oceanic Pro League er blevet genstand for tonsvis af kontroverser i år takket være en række problemer med holdet Tainted Minds, hvor tidligere spiller Tristan "Cake" Côté-Lalumière påstår via Twitter, at Riots chef for Oceanic Esports David Ringland har udvist partiskhed i forhold til en sag imellem ham selv og Tainted Minds.
Riot Games har siden hen svaret igen i sagen, og har forklaret og uddybet deres handlinger.
I åbningen af meddelelsen forklarer Riot lidt om hvordan de har håndteret disputten:
"Since becoming aware of the situation, we have been working with both parties to reach a mutual resolution. We have not publicly commented on the situation in order to allow those involved to work through the dispute."
"Throughout the discussion, we have spent time listening to the allegations from both sides, gathering information to enable us to support the process. We ultimately determined the issues were contract disputes between the players and team. Riot holds the contracts with the teams (the organisation), not the players. Player contracts exist between the players and the team."
"Our contract provides guidelines around housing occupancy, not general living standards, these are set in the contracts between teams and players. In addition, our contract stipulates a 14-day timeframe for players to be paid from the day Riot's match stipend is paid to the team. Prior to 7 March, at no point were we made aware that players were not receiving the Riot stipend. While Tainted Minds has informed us that as of 16 March all payments to players have been made, we are now in the process of reviewing the circumstances around why the payments were late."
Meddelelsen siger desuden, at Riot Games er dedikerede til at sikre en fair behandling af spillere, og at de ønsker at ligaen skal trives. Derfor tager de Tainted Minds' anklage meget, meget seriøst.
Blandt andet har Cake beskyldt Riot for at konstant at rykke det møde der skulle opklare sagen, sådan så investor i Tainted Minds, John McRae, kunne gøre situationen mere fordelagtig for sig selv. Riot mener dog at de flyttede mødet så de kunne "try a different tack to reach a mutually beneficial result," og at det skete anden gang så begge anparter kunne diskutere i et "safe, neutral environment."
Riot forklarede også hvorfor de har tilladt Tainted Minds at have 13 spillere i deres database, for det er mere end tilladt.
"On 16 February, the disputes between the parties were still ongoing, and there was an obligation to play in the OPL. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, we allowed Tainted Minds to temporarily add more than 10 players on its roster in the public Global Contract Database. The reasoning behind the allowance is two-fold; firstly to allow those involved in the dispute time to reach a resolution, and secondly to allow the organisation to field a temporary team for week 5 of the OPL."
"After the games were played, Tainted Minds elected to remove Bluz0r, LowSkillPlayer and xLuke, to remain rule compliant. The process of removing players from the database consists of removing an entire row from the master spreadsheet. This has exposed a flaw in our tool as it doesn't register it as an update in the data (reported at the top of each sheet), this only registers when editing individual cells. We are working with the database owner to fix this issue, to avoid any future confusion around when updates are made."