Riot released a pair of competitive rulings Sunday evening that will force Team Impulse, Renegades, and TDK to sell their LCS spots within ten days due to misconduct.
The ruling states that suspended Renegades owner Chris Badawi, who was handed a ban following allegations of player poaching, still had intimate dealings with the team. The ruling further claims, through undisclosed sources, that Badawi and currently owner Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles agreed to give Badawi a 50% ownership stake in the team once Badawi’s League ban was lifted. Riot also notes that Renegades was not honoring salary agreements and failed to maintain “a safe environment” for team members. As a result, MonteCristo has been banned from representing any LCS team for one year.
According to the ruling, Renegades had a somewhat convoluted internal and financial relationship with Team TDK. This is following a string of player trades between the two teams preceding the Spring Promotion Tournament.
“Both REN and TDK were found to have provided incomplete and/or inaccurate answers and documents to deliberately hide a relationship and interactions which exceed acceptable bounds,” the ruling says. “Co-mingled finances and operations can lead to establishment of influence between teams that forces one party into non-beneficial decisions (like trading away strong players) and, at worst, unfair play (described in Rule 10.1 of the LCS ruleset) - that’s why such arrangements are expressly forbidden in the LCS ruleset and Team Agreement.”
In a second ruling, Team Impulse is being forced to sell their LCS spot after repeatedly failing to provide payment to players, as well as valid written contracts. Not only did Team Impulse not have contracts in place for players when audited by Riot in March of 2016, but they did not have contracts in place for players in the previous split, either. The ruling goes on to say that throughout 2015 and 2016, Team Impulse was late on salary payments and has been found to owe several players money.
Chris Badawi responded to the ruling via Reddit:
“I don’t even know what to say to this. Players unsafe/unsafe environment? I can’t even imagine what they are referring to. A secret deal with Monte? One simply does not exist. Not fulfilling contractual obligations? I’m beyond baffled - none of it is true. I’ve spoken with Alex, Alberto, RF, Flarez, Maple and Haku and they don’t have a clue what riot [sic] is talking about either. Had no warning, reading it for the first time with you. I’m just floored at the injustice and randomness of this ruling.”
Yahoo Esports has reached out to Badawi for further comment.
Dylan Walker is on Twitter @dyluux.