Conduct WHAT?

Yes, unbecoming

According to TSM co-owner Andy “Reginald” Dihn, Riot games recently fined him $5000 for supposedly infringing on their conduct policy. 

The monetary punishment comes after Reginald went on Twitter about a month ago and expressed his personal opinion about the ongoing import restrictions dilemma, thus breaking the rules of conduct applying to both players and members of participating teams in the LCS. 

What did Reginald say in his tweet to cause so much outrage?

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Reginald lands $5000 fine after posting “unbecoming” tweet

In our day and age of the easily offended, anything -and EVERYTHING- might get you banned, ostracized and ridiculed, right up until the point where you’re left without a job,  your friends’ circle, or the basic and underestimated joy of anonymity; say but the smallest wrong-think thing  -according to the web’s many moral judges- and prepare yourself for the tsunami of hate that’s headed your way. 

And when it comes to the “Import Restrictions” controversy in esports, in order to save your skin in the wishy-washy court of the internet, it is absolutely mandatory that you comply with the side that doesn’t seem to make all that much common sense. 

TSM’s co-owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh felt the sting of today’s Cancel Culture in his own skin, after he was recently presented with a $5000 fine for allegedly violating one of the LCS’ rules of conduct with a seemingly-harmless tweet. The offense came in the shape of a rebuttal to a previous post by Cloud9’s Philippe Laflamme, aka Vulcan:

@VulcanLoL on Twitter: “If you want full import team go buy a team in that region? XD

Reginald’s response went more along the lines of ‘dismissive: 

@TSMReginald on Twitter: “Ignorant Tweet. If every LCS team left the LCS, you’ll be out of a job buddy and probably be paid minimum

Importing Restriction WHAT?

Restrictions to the importation of esports talent from other international locations has been a difficult issue for esports organizations throughout the world, and particularly so for players in the United States, where the average salary of esports athletes is much higher than the regular pay of their eastern-European or Latin American professional counterparts. 

The logic is, if esports teams were allowed to “fish” for talent elsewhere where it’s cheaper, maybe from some place where the costs of living are much lower, then,  US players’ salaries would likely be depreciated as a result, and their jobs could be jeopardized by the arrival of more  “affordable” players from other poorer countries. 

– Seems like a pretty legit concern to us!

Anyhoo, taking the above position is not really what is considered “cool” in our days. According to the Twitter “hate” mob, expressing any idea, or the slightest hint to an idea that doesn’t conform with their views on racial and cultural equality, instantly becomes ‘hate speech’ and should be deemed unacceptable. 

While it still isn’t clear what particular rule was broken by Reginald with his Tweet, Team SoloMid’s co-owner has already taken the easy route out of the problem, by posting a direct apology to Vulcan on his blog:  

I sometimes let my emotions get the best of me. This is a learning lesson for me.”

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