Chinese-owned Riot Games wants broadcasters to avoid sensitive topics

Global Head of League of Legends Esports Issues Statement on Political Messages During Broadcast

Global Head of League of Legends Esports Issues Statement on Political Messages During Broadcast

Riot Games is adding a new partner to League of Legends esports.

After seeing what's happening to Blizzard, Riot Games wants to stay completely out of any fiascos or PR nightmares.

Chinese conglomerate Tencent owns Riot and has a stake in Blizzard. "These topics are often incredibly nuanced, require deep understanding and a willingness to listen, and can not be fairly represented in the forum our broadcast provides", global heead of League of Legends Esports John Needham said.

"Our decision also reflects that we have Riot employees and fans in regions where there has been (or there is risk of) political and/or social unrest, including places like Hong Kong".

Needham didn't say whether or not broadcasters or pros would be punished, but it's not hard to read between the lines.

League of Legends, wouldn't you believe it, is ten years-old.

Just last weekend of Hearthstone Grandmasters' regular season, Hong Kong player Ng "blitzchung" Wai Chung appeared on the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream for his post-game interview wearing a gas mask.

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