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League of Legends

The LCS player walkout is happening

The competitive stars are taking a stand against Riot Games.

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The League of Legends Championship Series is in the headlines every week these days, usually for negative reasons. Today is largely no different, as following Riot Games making a bunch of changes to the regional league without informing the players and organisations involved in it, the competitive stars that play in the LCS have now announced that they will be walking out and staging a strike in the hopes of making Riot a more transparent hosting body.

As noted by the LCS' Players Association on Twitter:

"The walk out vote has overwhelmingly passed.

"This is not a decision LCS players have come to lightly. Countless discussions and debates were had between all LCS players in the week leading to this historic vote. One thing is clear from those conversations - our players want to play and compete above all else. Joining hands to put competition aside is a testament to the significance and urgency of the issues at hand.

"We stand at this impasse because actions were taken by Riot without prior communication or discussion with the LCS players. The LCSPA sincerely hopes Riot will avert this walk out by joining us in the coming days to have open and transparent discussions so that we can forge collaborative solutions to ensure the best futures for the LCS and the NACL."

Since this decision, there has been reports that Riot Games is requiring LCS organisations to field filler teams to compete in the places of the stars that are walking out, to which the LCSPA has responded by asking players to not agree to play as a replacement player, as "crossing the line puts all players' futures at risk: LCS, NACL, & amateur."

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