Riot Games Suspends G2 Carlos From All Competitions Due to Andrew Tate Controversy
Riot Games just announced that G2 Esports founder and CEO Carlos Rodriguez has been barred from all League of Legends competitions including the League of Legends European Championship (LEC). Rodriguez had previously stepped down as CEO shortly after G2 Esports failed to secure a spot in Valorant’s upcoming international league. He had made controversial statements and was associated with controversial social figure Andrew Tate.
Riot Games’ ruling against Carlos
Carlos Rodríguez engaged in activity detrimental to the best interest of the League and Riot Games, and was in violation of the LEC Rules. He will not be allowed to hold any managerial or operational position with a team or organization in any Riot-sanctioned competition until 13th November. He is also required to complete sensitivity training and executive training.
Riot Games stated that the training must be provided by an independent third party unaffiliated with G2 Esports, the League, or Carlos Rodríguez. The publisher has found him guilty of breaking Article 9.2.5 of the League of Legends European Championship, 2022 Season guidelines.
The rule states that team managers or members may not “give, make, issue, authorize or endorse any statement or action having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest of the League, Riot Games or its affiliates, or League of Legends, as determined in the sole and absolute discretion of the League.”
Riot Games pointed out that Carlos’ 17th September tweet where he uploaded a video showing himself at a celebration with Andrew Tate was one of the reasons action was taken. The tweet had led to pushback from fans and Carlos followed up with another tweet saying that others will not police his friendships. The follow-up tweet was also highlighted by Riot Games in its
After the two tweets were made the LEC opened an investigation on 20th September and asked Carlos to put down a statement on the above mentioned facts, which he did. He initially took a suspension for eight weeks and eventually stepped down as CEO. If Carlos fulfills all requirements, he will be able to rejoin the LEC in managerial positions after 13th November.