Haven Editorial: League of Legends gets Fingered.

Now I am glad the title got your attention. But on the last day of the World Championship group stage the European professional player Fabian Febiven said in a interview that he expected the American team Cloud9 to lose their match that was about to begin.

The star player of Cloud9 Hai Du Lam responded by flipping him off. However this was captured on camera and because of it the player is now being fined €500 or roughly $556 for the American players out there.

I believe the phrase we are looking for at this point is “Get Rekted.” Although the player responds to these accusations by saying he did not mean it in Malice but in good fun!”
However after Riots investigation they concluded he did indeed break their rules and for that he has to pay the fine.

Riot’s ruling said that Hai making an “obscene gesture towards an opponent while on stage during the final day of Group Stages for the 2015 World Championship” violated section 9.1.3 of the World Championship ruleset, “Disruptive Behavior / Insults.” Here’s the text lifted from the Worlds ruleset:

A Team Member may not take any action or perform any gesture directed at an opposing Team Member, or incite any other individual(s) to do the same, which is insulting, mocking, disruptive, or antagonistic.

A lot of people in the league of legends community have responded with the casual jokes and even the founder of Cloud9 responded by saying.

Like many groups out there its safe to say that a lot of professional players will be watching what they do from now on. If you want to watch the bird in action there is a video link below and also a picture attached so you can see it if you miss it.

Now my personal opinion on this is that Professional players should always be setting a example. Even if you did mean it in a way that was not malicious there are people who look up to you and respect you and try to imitate what you do. I played Yu-Gi-Oh! Pro like for years (mind you best I ever did was top thirty six.) But the people I played against knew what sportsmanship was and they respected each other when they played we all knew what we were doing and why we were playing and we all had our own opinions regarding matters.
1485440907756016457Even the judges for the events made it so even new players knew what they were getting into and how to act and treat a person. While we gamed not only did we get to learn about the opponents we were facing but also the respect needed when you played and in a lot of E-sports you just don’t see that respect that players should have.

I hope that someday the E-sports arena changed and that players can learn to respect one another and that there are people who look up to you in regards to matters like this but that’s just my opinion to each his own.

-Daniel Clatworthy-