Today in eSports, a new level of uniformed collective has begun to take place after a couple of days of back-and-forth from Riot Co-Founder Marc Merrill and TSM Founder / Owner Andy "Reginald" Dinh, regarding the current state of the League Championship Series (LCS). The debate began after Andy "Reginald" Dinh held an interview about the current meta in game-changes patches that have affected the teams, players, and organizations in the LCS.
In response, Marc Merrill, the current President and Co-Founder of Riot Games, who run eSports exclusively through the LCS, responded to the Reddit thread. Due to its language and seemingly outdated principals, he received immediate backlash from the community and Reginald himself entered the debacle once more, rebutting the statement. As the impromptu discussion continued, more prominent figures in League of Legends and eSports began to chime, in such as...
Then more personalities and players across-the-board began raising their voices about the future of eSports. Today after a TwitLonger by Marc Merrill, Reginald rebutted in a form that no one expected but everyone wanted. Indicative of unified change in the eSports ecosystem, Reginald simply acknowledged his response and reinforced a now-famous notion of the future of eSports with hashtag #LCSForever at the end.
A hashtag that is now being used at the end of every statement made by professional players, team owners, and team staff. Mainly an LCS oriented debate, but prominent figures agree that this sets a new precedent in collective bargaining in eSports as a whole.
eSports has grown immensely and it's not stopping. Analysts state market growth will generate up $1.1 billion by 2019. An industry that large will inevitably require regulations, committees, and legal oversight, or you will see many a recurring story of match-faking, collusion, and other scandals that have plagued our industry for the last couple of years.
Collective bargaining has never hit this level of eSports yet, especially in the LCS which was famous for its historic stance on bettering eSports -- growth which has said to be stagnating and outdated by some of the key figures above. Never has an entire scene (NA LCS) been so open and demanding of change. As owners and players they are finally using their leverage to orchestrate change for the betterment of LCS and eSports.
It's too soon to see what was proposed (see above for reference) but many have debated franchising in League of Legends, updated stipends and more opportunities at attracting endemic sponsors to the organizations that are desperately looking for a way to sustain themselves.
Only time will tell, however, what we now know is fact -- a match has been lit. Today will mark a historic milestone for the Riot-ran LCS. The day the eSports community said enough is enough. We want money, not because we are greedy, because we need it to pay for the luxuries that make the LCS a power-house of golden standard teams and organizations.
What's your take on this stance?
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