The League of Legends Oceanic Pro League is a huge mess

Despite Riot Games’ increased investment in League of Legends’ Oceanic League that includes regions such as Australia and New Zealand, such as moving to an offline format and increased player compensation, multiple players and teams have come forth revealing what they see is a less than optimal situation of the league.

The most recent example was the recent public testimony of the players and coach of the team Tainted Minds, who have filed a termination notice against the organization. They cited the poor conditions of the team house and poor internet that inhibited their ability to practice. The team has since found a new roster, but has yet to pay the former players for the weeks they have played. Riot has yet to take any action against Tainted Minds.

Riot acted against another team this week, Chiefs eSports Club, for having its players engage in account sharing during a bootcamp. The penalty requires four of the team’s players to be suspended for two weeks, which puts Chiefs in a tight spot. The team responded to Riot’s ruling and said that they accepted the responsibility of their actions but also claimed the account sharing was necessary because Riot failed to provide accounts in time.

The bottom team of the league, Exile5, is currently without an owner, as the previous one, Jonathan Salmon, was deemed “not capable of effectively owning a team in the league” to Riot’s standards. That came after the general manager of Exile5, John Dudley, was also removed. The players have been moved to a new location to continue to practice and compete, but they are left with little direction at the moment.

In the lower challenger tier teams, 19 of the 40 players have received competitive bans with reasons ranging from account boosting to negative behavior.

Riot has since announced it will conduct an investigation into the OPL in regards to the incident with Tainted Minds, but the number of items on Riot’s plate with regards to the Oceanic scene seem to be growing.

Slingshot staff writer and Korean League of Legends expert who also owns a Pikachu-themed iPhone case. You can reach him at Andrew@slingshotesports.com

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