Riot Games makes changes to LoL contracts
By Bob Garcia
Player contracts are being extended ahead of LoL’s free agency period
It appears that the relationship between League of Legends (LoL) eSports and Riot Games may not be coming to an end anytime soon after it was announced that several contracts were recently extended and changed. Riot decided to update its policies on professional player contracts ahead of LoL Esports’ 2021 free agency period, with the aim of increasing the maximum allowable contract length to four years for some eligible professionals.
While previously the standard maximum contract length was set for as little as three seasons, Riot has now made the decision to designate these four-year contracts as “long-term contracts.” It appears that the organization has been pleased with the results obtained through some of the professional players in the format, and seeks to do what is necessary to keep that relationship as close as possible for a longer time. The announcement made it clear that the contract rules are applicable globally and not just in the League Championship Series (LCS).
Any professional seeking to be eligible for such contracts must have been part of the previous two full seasons in their respective region. According to Riot’s criteria, “playing a season” is based on being on the active roster for at least 50% of the team’s regular-season games. In addition, it was also stated that “one of those seasons must have been in a professional league.” In simple words, a league that at least has a team that serves as representation in the World Cup. If a player were suspended during this period of time, he or she would be automatically disqualified from applying for the long-term contract, plus he must be of sufficient age as of the start date of the first season in question, must be eligible to work in that country, etc.