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

"As a general rule, we want to keep our broadcasts focused on the game, the sport, and the players", advised Needham. "We believe this opportunity comes with a responsibility to keep personal views on sensitive issues (political, religious, or otherwise) separate".

Will Riot Games ban people for 1,000 years on forums like Blizzard did?

On Wednesday, Riot Games was forced to make its first statement on Hong Kong and censorship after it was accused of censoring the special administrative region's name from its League of Legends Worlds broadcasts.

You can see Needham's full statement below.

The message arrives days after Blizzard Entertainment sparked controversy by suspending an esports player for voicing support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. 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.

Riot Games has responded to community speculation that had been getting traction on the League of Legends subreddit and Twitter of not allowing their casters to mention Hong Kong Attitude in their broadcasts, and instead, say HKA.

What's more, he states that with employees and fans from places with political or social unrest such as Hong Kong, they want to ensure that the actions on their broadcasts would not escalate the already sensitive issues. Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, told The Verge that it would never ban players or content creators for political speech.

"Epic supports everyone's right to express their views on politics and human rights". Riot Games also shared a list of activities they have planned for the North American side of the celebrations.

That's according to Polygon, which reports that the League of Legends maker is taking the pro-games firm to court in California, claiming that Riot Squad has "unfairly and unlawfully" used the "Riot" name - often without "Squad" - to piggyback off Riot Games' success.



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