Tonight's small red post collection features an update and change to the LCS Streaming policy discussion that erupted a few days ago, a heads up on the upcoming Riot Internship AMA that's scheduled for next week, a small update on the Xerath rework, and more!!
- Champion and Skin Sale 12/6 - 12/9: Swain, Draven, Pantheon, Neon Strike Vi, Acolyte Lee Sin, Desperada Cassiopeia
- 12/5 PBE Issue Update and Rollback
- 12/6 PBE "Update" - Features Rollback, High Noon Yasuo Splash, S3 Ward
Update on Xerath ReworkXelnath swung by the forums to drop off a small update on the Xerath rework, saying:
"Hey guys, it's been a while.
Preseason work has settled down... and I just got to check out Xerath's new ultimate art. Bitsplosion does amazing work, so we'll be resuming internal work on Xerath soon(tm). Since Riot dates are always changing, I will say that it won't be 3.15, and that after 3.15 ships, I would expect to see him back in competitive testing.
Sorry, no screenshots. It's more fun to leave you a little something to anticipate."
Update on the LCS Streaming PolicyHere's Riot Magus with an update on the highly criticized LCS Streaming policies we first heard about a few days ago, including a heads up on some changes Riot is making in light of community and internal feedback:
There’s been a ton of discussion around our LCS team contracts, which stipulated active LCS players couldn’t stream a variety of other games.
First, background on why we did this: there’ve been instances of other game studios trying to buy access to League fans by using (or trying to use) LCS teams/players to promote their competing games on stream.
The way we chose to deal with this was clearly an overreach. It hit our goal of preventing companies from advertising through LCS players, but it also encroached on pros’ ability to have fun and entertain viewers during long Challenger queues – and we realize that’s not cool.
After reading all of your comments and having a LOT of internal debate over the last 24 hours, we’re going to be changing the LCS team requirement to something that more closely matches our intent. While under contract to the LCS, teams and players can’t accept sponsorship from other game companies to promote other titles. Besides that, they are free to stream any games they want.
I'll be hanging around to answer questions if you guys have any. Thanks for helping us make a better decision on this."He continued:
"I think you hit upon something very unique to our sport. Most players of other sports don't get the chance to practice so visibly on stream for hours on end. What's interesting is that the concept of a pro player's stream has evolved along with esports itself - before, a stream was just a way for playersto have fun and share their passion for the game with others, but now it's almost something more official. Players represent the league, their teams and their own brand while streaming now. We use streaming to broadcast our official channel - so we're still trying to figure out this kind of media."
When asked if the rules would have been changed if it wasn't for the communities concern on the changes , Red Beard replied:
"Great question - the answer is probably. We are always trying to be self-reflective as a team, and obviously as a company, and our pros have a direct line to our player management team that helps us course correct when necessary. Internally at Riot, there was a lot of feedback aligned with what our community was saying.
We always work hard to try to make the right decisions, but we'd be foolish to think we always do, so when we don't we want to make sure we course-correct appropriately.
Building this sport from the ground-up is navigating new waters for us as a video game company, we've stubbed our toes quite a bit, and we've learned a lot of good lessons along the way. This is a learning process from us, won't be the last mistake we make, but we love our community and how passionate everyone is, and we take pride in making sure we listen to our community and respond quickly when we are wrong."Davin also jumped in, commenting on Riot's change of course:
"Honestly, there is more to it than that. Responding to community concerns was definitely a part of this, but it was discussed very spiritedly internally too. Ultimately we don't want to do things we feel aren't in line with our core philosophies. There was a whoooole lot of very intense discussion that revealed, along with how players were reacting, that this just wasn't right.
Personally, I'm very happy we changed course. We're one company, but we all have different beliefs too :) Our internal discussion blog had a bit under a hundred very, very long posts discussing whether this was or wasn't right. We were having discussions all over the office, during lunches, at home... this kind of thing was on my mind, and on the mind of many Rioters. We're people, and we want to do right. It sucks to feel like you might not be. Thanks for giving us your good faith on this :)"
Riot games Internship AMA on Thursday, December 12thHere's RiotVert with details on Riot's upcoming internship AMA!
"Hey everyone, I want to give you a heads up that we will be hosting an AMA with some former interns to discuss their summer internships from 12:00pm to 3:00pm PST on Thursday, December 12, 2013. This AMA is geared towards learning about daily intern life. We have former interns representing Art, Software Engineering, Production, User Research, Design, and QA. Please direct any application-related questions to our Official 2014 Summer Internship thread on LinkedIn. Last, but not least, we will post full job descriptions and begin receiving applications for the 2014 Summer Internship Program on the Riot Games website starting tomorrow, Friday, December 6, 2013."
Janna's Global Passive Not Coming BackAnswering a forum thread about Janna getting her old passive, which granted a global movement speed bonus to her allies, back, Phreak replied:
"If Janna's weak, we'll buff.
There is literally zero chance we give her the global aura back.
I'd rather she be better at resetting teamfights, making an AD champion godly, or the other actually cool things she does than make the top laner win with zero interaction."