It was during the 2018 Summer Split that the events that would spark new rule changes. On that time the North American League of Legends Championship Series Player’s Association (LCSPA) first began. Echo Fox, one of the biggest LoL teams sponsored by Asus and Hyper X. It had reached the top for the last round. Yet the team was forced to release three of its top players just before the locked deadline. Hence the roster was set in place. This meant that Kim “Fenix” Jae-hun, Johnny Ru (aka Altec) and Adrian Ma were all kicked from the team and the dedicated League of Legends community was outraged.

Rules in eSports: Gamers Must know Rule

Fenix, too, was not happy about the situation. He was just a couple of games away from officially becoming a North American resident. It’s a high sort after position, particularly in the mid lane. After all, even now there aren’t that many quality NA residents in the mid lane. So Fenix would have increased his value as a player significantly.And also if he had been able to play those two games and complete the season.

Fenix’s Opinion

In an interview with Cyber Sport published in mid-August 2018, Fenix explained the situation fully: “I can become an NA player if I just had played this Summer Split, but I wasn’t able to fulfill the conditions by one or two games.” He continued to explain that he’d have to take part in a whole extra split to qualify as a North American player now, which will have a huge impact on his career. As if that wasn’t unfortunate enough because Fenix was dropped before the lock deadline. It meant he couldn’t find a new team to continue competing.

Fortunately for Fenix and his fellow former teammates, the League of Legends community did not overlook Echo Fox’s actions. As Fenix himself revealed, the team had promoted themselves as an “organization for the players”. Clearly, that wasn’t the case and so the LCSPA was forced to do something about it, to ensure that this situation would never happen again.

Change In The Rules

On January 15, 2019, the NA LCSPA announced that a new rule had been put in place. It announced for ensuring that players receive a safe harbor if they are kicked out of a team within 48 hours of the deadline. This safe harbor will last three full days, hopefully giving any dropped players the time to find a new team. Upon first glance, this rule change seems to be a great success. Now, players dropped from their team within two days of roster lock deadline will be given an extra three days to find a new team. Plus, the rule was pushed forward by none other than Darshan Upadhyaya, the LCSPA’s President.

All in all, this is a great step forward for the LCSPA and all of those involved. However, the fact that such a difficult situation occurred at all is cause for concern. What we need from the LCSPA is for them to be far more proactive and pre-emptive. Cause when it comes to crafting rules to ensure unnecessary, avoidable problems such as those faced by Fenix are not repeated. Those In Charge Have Got To Act Like eSports Is A Viable Sport.

Examples of Change

After all, this is what all the traditional sports have had to do for years. Football, baseball, basketball, and hockey are just some of the world-renowned professional sports that have been changed and molded over the years. These ensure games are improved and players are protected. With eSports becoming more popular and increasingly more viable as a sport on par with these traditional pastimes, it surely is time to start thinking ahead.

It’s not exactly like eSports is still in its infancy either. It’s far outgrown those early stages where we’re still trying to figure out how it will all work. These days, professional gaming tournaments are given millions in funding by big brands such as Intel and HSBC, ensuring that the events and winnings are huge. Meanwhile, eSports odds are now also listed alongside more traditional sports on sportsbook platforms including Betway, enabling fans to bet on their favorite teams or players much like they would for football or any other more traditional sport. Even as we write this piece, the odds for the various Spring Split 2019 are up. And Betway bookies offering dozens of odds.

Verdict

Finally, at the end of our review on Rules in eSports, we tried to give you all the information. Now it isn’t unusual to see eSports being broadcast or streamed live online or on TV. In fact, the 2017 League of Legends Championship alone was viewed by 106.2 million people. The second most-viewed sports tournament being 2018’s Kentucky Derby, with just 15 million viewers. With that in mind, if any of the many eSports leagues should be leading the charge when it comes to crafting and solidifying rules it should absolutely be the NA LSCPA. As we said earlier, their most recent rule change is certainly a step in the right direction. But from now on we need pre-emptive strides that will prove eSports is a true sport.