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Riot Games reverses no streaming competing games policy

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There was quite the kerfuffle when a LCS professional's contract leaked and readers discovered that Riot Games had forbidden them from streaming competing games in the terms. Although the studio quickly defended itself, Riot Magus has taken to Reddit today to announce a reversal on that stance.

"There’s been a ton of discussion around our LCS team contracts, which stipulated active LCS players couldn’t stream a variety of other games," he began.

"First, background on why we did this: there’ve been instances of other game studios trying to buy access to League fans by using (or trying to use) LCS teams/players to promote their competing games on stream."

However, he admits that it was a bit overbearing, "The way we chose to deal with this was clearly an overreach. It hit our goal of preventing companies from advertising through LCS players, but it also encroached on pros’ ability to have fun and entertain viewers during long Challenger queues – and we realize that’s not cool.

After reading all of your comments and having a LOT of internal debate over the last 24 hours, we’re going to be changing the LCS team requirement to something that more closely matches our intent."

The new deal? "While under contract to the LCS, teams and players can’t accept sponsorship from other game companies to promote other titles. Besides that, they are free to stream any games they want."

In the end, Riot knows that it's all about the fans and that's not something it easily forgets.

"Thanks for helping us make a better decision on this," Magus concludes.

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