G2 Esports Reportedly Accused of Tampering in the LEC by MAD Lions, Owners Vote to Call for Rule Revisions

According to Dot Esports, G2 Esports has been accused of tampering in the League of Legends European Championship.
According to Dot Esports, G2 Esports has been accused of tampering in the League of Legends European Championship. / Photo courtesy of Michal Konkol/Riot Games

G2 Esports League of Legends has been accused of tampering by MAD Lions, who also pushed for a vote in recent owners’ meetings to get the wheels rolling on revisions to Riot Games' global tampering and poaching rules, Dot Esports' Jacob Wolf reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the LEC owners' meetings took place on Sept. 2 and 3, with the vote to ask Riot's LEC office to lobby Riot’s global esports department about the ruleset passing 8-2. The two opposing votes were reportedly from G2 Esports and Team Vitality.

While G2, MAD, and Vitality all did not provide comments to Dot Esports, VIT was reportedly of the mindset that the current rules are not being properly enforced, and amendments or changes to them should only come after proper enforcement of the existing poaching and tampering rules.

Dot Esports also went on to report that Riot says they have not yet received an official complaint by any LEC team against another for tampering, and that it is also not currently investigating any allegations of poaching or tampering.

According to Riot's League of Legends Global Penalty Index, in addition to it simply being illegal for a league-recognized contracted player or coach to entice another team directly to reach out to their management, players and non-player team affiliates/members may not "solicit," "lure," "encourage" or "make an offer of employment" to any official coach or player who is contracted to another team in the league.

While all violations of this nature is stated to be subject to penalties at the discretion of league officials, the typical suspension time can range from three to 15 competitive months. Tampering allegations must be reported within six calendar months of the alleged incident.

Lastly, the rules state that in order to inquire about the status of an official coach or player from another team, managers must contact the management of the team that the coach/player is currently contracted with.

The news comes a couple of weeks removed from G2 Esports officially agreeing to a one-year contract extension with Rasmus "Caps" Winther, in the midst of an offseason of uncertainty due to the org's existing roster being unable to qualify for the League of Legends World Championship for the first time in six years.

G2 has reportedly been previously accused of tampering with players in two separate instances in 2016 and 2018, but did not see penalties levied against them.

Meanwhile, MAD Lions remain set to head into Worlds 2021 as Europe's first seed.