On Tuesday, Riot Games issued a competitive ruling against Cloud9, one of the teams that competes in North America’s League of Legends Champion Series (“LCS”) for violations of LCS Rules. Specifically, Cloud9 ran afoul of Rule 2.5, which requires that anyone deemed to be a “team owner” cannot be reported on the team’s full roster, which includes the team’s reserve players. According to the ruling, seven of Cloud9’s players violated this rule as a result of playing while being paid partially with something called Restricted Stock Units, or “RSUs.”

In issuing this ruling, Riot raised a number of questions with…

Connor Richards

Fledgling attorney interested in esports, tax, and business. Twitter: @XzibitAtLaw

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