North American League of Legends competitive teams Team Dragon Knights, Team Impulse, and Team Renegades have been banned from participating in any future Riot-sponsored League of Legends contests. Riot released details of their investigation into serious accusations against the teams. Those accusations include not paying their players, not having valid player contracts, treating their players poorly, and collusion.
Overview of Renegades and TDK’s transgressions from Riot:
- Renegades management has been found to have knowingly violated the competitive ban against Chris Badawi, misrepresented their relationship with TDK, and compromised player welfare and safety. Both the Renegades organization and TDK organization will no longer be allowed to continue participating in Riot-sanctioned leagues.
- We have been provided with evidence that current Renegades owner Christopher Mykles had a deal in place with suspended former owner Chris Badawi that would grant Badawi a 50% stake in the team once his suspension had expired. Per LCS rules, any present or future right to ownership is considered a firm ownership stake regardless of the date of effect, which makes any such agreement reached with Badawi during the term of his suspension to be a direct violation of League rules. Further, Mykles failed to disclose this arrangement during the LCS team vetting process, which we consider to be an intentional and material omission apparently designed to circumvent the clear and public ban of Badawi.
- Allegations of Badawi’s conduct included confrontations between management and players, refusal to honor payment and contract provisions, and failure to maintain a safe environment for all team members.
- Renegades and TDK have deliberately misled League officials with respect to their corporate relationship. League officials made repeated direct inquiries of the team owners regarding independence of the two organizations, terms of the trades, and status of players and payments. Both teams assured officials that their businesses were not linked in any fashion, and that the trade was in the mutual interest of both teams independent of any additional relationship or agreement. Subsequently, League officials received evidence that indicated that some of the players were compensated and/or housed by their former teams even after the trade was completed, including payments for the month following the trade.
The final ruling is that the teams must be sold by May 18th, meaning “a finalized transfer agreement must be presented to League officials, and the owner must pass the standard approval process.” Chris Badawi is now permanently banned from having anything to do with any team participating in a Riot-sanctioned league. Christopher Mykles, due to his part involvement, is banned for a year from holding any Riot-recognized position. The ban doesn’t stop him from shoutcasting or broadcast analyst work.
Overview of Impulse’s transgressions from Riot:
- Team Impulse management has repeatedly failed to pay their players on time and to provide valid contracts for their players.
- In March 2016, a routine League-wide contract audit revealed that Team Impulse had no contracts signed with any of their players, despite submitting summary sheets which falsely claimed that full contracts existed.
- Over the course of 2015 and 2016, Team Impulse ownership has been chronically late in paying its players the League-mandated Minimum Player Compensation (MPC), in addition to any other contractual payments owed under their respective arrangements with their players.
- During the investigation following the contract audit in March 2016, it was discovered that TIP had again failed to pay its players their owed MPC for the duration of the split.
- As of this ruling, several team members are still believed to be owed money, in some cases amounting to multiple months of pay.
The final ruling for Team Impulse is that like the other two teams, they must sell all rights and legal claim to their LCS berth by May 18th. They will also be fined $20,000 from its final team payment from the league.