League pros told to avoid sensitive topics on air

League pros told to avoid sensitive topics on air

"We have reminded our casters and pro players to refrain from discussing any of these topics on air", Global Head of League of Legends Esports John Needham said in a statement.

Fans on Twitter were quick to point out that Riot is in fact, 100% owned by Tencent.

Needham's announcement comes soon after the controversy surrounding Blizzard when it suspended Hearthstone player Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai for a year for declaring his support for the Hong Kong protests. "Revolution of our age!" which triggered the company's decision. "We wouldn't ban or punish a Fortnite player or content creator for speaking on these topics", an Epic Games spokesperson told The Verge.

"Epic supports everyone's right to express their views on politics and human rights".

That's not all, Riot offices around the world are also planning their own meet-and-greets, but you'll have to check your local League of Legends social channels for details.

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"That will never happen on my watch as the founder, CEO, and controlling shareholder", Sweeney said.

Esports has become entangled in the politics of China and Hong Kong in the last week, and now Riot is trying to get ahead of it with Worlds around the corner. During the Play-In stage, the official Riot stream drew attention from fans when it initially appeared that they were purposely avoiding saying "Hong Kong" when referring to the Hong Kong Attitude team.

That's according to Polygon, which reports that the League of Legends maker is taking the pro-games firm to court in California, claiming that Riot Squad has "unfairly and unlawfully" used the "Riot" name - often without "Squad" - to piggyback off Riot Games' success. The tournament has attracted big-name brands like Louis Vuitton, and will feature matches spread across Europe, culminating in the finals on November 10th in Paris. Nike even recently signed on to make team jerseys. Numbers fluctuated throughout the day as employees met at a giant statue depicting an Orc Warrior on the company's campus.

Over the past few days, the eyes and ire of the gaming world have been focused exclusively on Blizzard Entertainment.

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