For a lot of League of Legends pro players, being a part of the big competitions is already a reward in itself. And on top of that is the prize if they win. But apparently, to Riot, the best summoners in all of the land still aren’t compensated enough. So other than the ELO boost, they are getting benefits.
Yes, benefits. This is going to be a big improvement from the way things are run, since the current setup requires teams to win in order for them to earn. So those who don’t win don’t earn anything, which, of course, is rather harsh. So in order to discontinue that seemingly unfair cycle, Riot has decided to require teams to give teams a regular salary so that win or lose, they would be able to earn.
ELO Boost, Benefit Boost, And Others
Because Riot has now mandated eSports teams to give their players who will be participating on League Championship series games employee benefits, which includes healthcare and 401k retirement plans. And because of this change in status from being independent contractors to regular employees, teams will now have to withhold tax from the players.
Before this mandate, there were only six teams – Cloud9, H2K Gaming, Immortals, Team Liquid, Team SoloMid, and Unicorns of Love – who were following this particular practice. That leaves the other 14 teams to start following suit. Hopefully, with this new ruling, they would soon follow for the sake of their players.
Lastly and what is perhaps the most immediately important, players will now be getting a salary, since they are already considered as employees. And not just a salary, but a bumped up one, as Riot Games is pushing to increase the financial compensation for players from $12,500 for those in North America and €11,500, respectively. Wow, seems like a much more needed boost than an ELO Boost.
All in all, this is a great thing, especially for the players. After all, aside from the ELO boost, they need a compensation for their time and effort, regardless of whether they win or lose. Hopefully, all teams would comply, because in doing so they make the eSports scene a healthier, fairer place.