German team Meet Your Makers parts ways with manager over comments made to a player looking to leave the team.
Just a week after the most recent major League of Legends controversy was settled comes another report of a scandal surrounding the massively popular PC MOBA.
German professional League of Legends team Meet Your Makers (MYM) have fired their manager Sebastian “Falli” Rotterdam after it was revealed that he threatened a player in an effort to keep him from quitting the squad. Writing on Facebook, MYM announced that Rotterdam had been “released” from the team, though the group later explains the situation more bluntly, saying he was “fired.” The in-depth Facebook post explains the drama and what MYM is doing to combat future problems.
Among other things, MYM says it will host “1-on- 1” sessions with its players and a neutral party with the objective of understanding management areas that need improvement. The team also hopes it will be able to more proactively identity similar issues going forward as a result of the 1-on-1 meetings.
But that’s not all.
“We’ve always trusted our managers to do what’s best for the players and exercise discretion in their decision making. In this instance, our trust has been abused,” MYM said. “Going forward, we will host regular bi-monthly chats with all players and management to keep updated on any ongoing concerns. Management will also need to ask for approval from the CEO for any decisions involving player changes so that ultimate responsibility lies with CEO Khaled Naim.”
Check out the full, lengthy Facebook post for a further explanation of the controversy and what MYM is doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
The Daily Dot was the first to report on the MYM scandal. Editor Richard Lewis wrote that Rotterdam threatened a player looking to leave the team by saying he would make sure the player’s mother–who apparently signed his contract–“would lose the house” she lives in.
Rotterdam later apologized for his remarks, saying it was a “big mistake” to say such things. He also said he would be willing to step down from his position as a result of the fallout, something he’s now done.
This is the second League of Legends scandal to come to light in as many weeks.
Last week, a Philippines-based eSports organization drew controversy concerning new League of Legends rules that stipulated a team would be limited to one gay or transgender woman per squad over fears that they “probably have some unfair advantage.” The group, Garena, has since apologized and changed course.