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2016-11-08  Hottest     Source: 未知  
It's been an interesting week for League of Legends. On one hand, a handful of teams are gearing up for their final perhaps only shot at qualifying for the world championships through the International Wildcard qualifier. Amidst all that, t

It's been an interesting week for League of Legends. On one hand, a handful of teams are gearing up for their final — perhaps only — shot at qualifying for the world championships through the International Wildcard qualifier. Amidst all that, the co-founder of Riot Games is having a public disagreement with one of the more prominent League of Legends teams over avenues for advertising, money and the overall health of the scene.

A co-founder of a company and the head of the scene's most recognisable teams butting heads is always going to attract attention. But things have escalated a notch this morning, with HTC weighing very publicly into the fray.

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The whole debate was triggered by an interview with Team SoloMid's founder, Andy "Reginald" Dinh. It wasn't necessarily related to money at first, but how he felt a recent patch had negatively impacted the competitive scene. But the conversation eventually drifted towards money, at which point Dinh called on Riot for asking for higher prizes, better player infrastructure and better "revenue opportunities for [League of Legends] teams".

That's when the sparks began to fly, and the co-founder of Riot, Marc Merrill, responded in kind. He took to Reddit to say that LoL teams were the ones responsible for paying players, and openly said that if Dinh was at all concerned about his players' financials then perhaps he "should spend more of the millions he has made / makes from League of Legends on paying them instead of investing in other esports where he is losing money".

The back and forth continued, but Dinh's main point of contention remained firm: Riot was restricting the amount of opportunities for teams and players to generate money with heavy-handed restrictions that prevent them from leveraging their brand. Logitech, according to Dinh, was one of the team's most supportive sponsors but "they simply can't get visibility through us competing in LCS because we can't wear their headsets while competing".

Merrill followed up later this week saying that Riot would add "new in-game team-specific items with revenue-sharing for teams and pros", as well as working more closely with teams to open up more doors for merchandising. But the prohibitive restrictions and Riot's desire to have approval on promotions has more critics than just Dinh and Team SoloMid, and that's where HTC comes in.

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