Astralis Fined by Riot Games for Late Payments to LEC Players – The Esports Observer|home of essential esports business news and insights

Riot Games has issued a competitive ruling regarding missing salary payments for team members by Astralis Group. The ruling states that Astralis Group was late with “multiple payments towardsits “Team Members and Astralis’ General Manager exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager.”

Members of the organization’s League of Legends team reached out to the LEC commission to report missing salary payments. Following an investigation, the league confirmed the missing payments, and worked with Astralis to resolve the matter, noting that the organization “was fully cooperative and swiftly resolved the matter.”

During the investigation, however, Riot discovered that the organization’s general manager “exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.”

As a result, Astralis will be subjected to a €5K ($5.9K USD) fine and the following requirements:

  • Astralis is required to establish and communicate a direct avenue which Team Members can use to report potential grievances towards the Astralis ownership group.
  • Astralis is required to establish an on-boarding program for their Team Members including an outline of the above as well as an overview of Danish vacation pay and tax/payment/EasyID requirements.
  • The League will schedule check-in calls with all Team Members in the 2021 Season to ensure the above has been executed.
  • Astralis and their General Manager will be officially warned for conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager as we consider the LEC organizations responsible for the actions of their employees.

Astralis Group recently brought each of its distinct esports brands under the united Astralis banner. The team previously competed in the LEC under the name Origen, and next season will be the first time the popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive brand Astralis will ever compete in a professional League of Legends match.

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