Oceanic Pro League organisation Team Immunity has received a two year ban from the OPL and League of Legends tournaments after voiding their OPL Team Agreement. Riot Games announced the ban today in a blog post, explaining that the organisation had failed to pay minimum match payments to their players.
“Team Immunity, an OPL pro team, has failed to meet the requirements of their OPL Team Agreement by not paying minimum match payments to their players. Despite warnings, Team Immunity failed to pay their players within a set time of receiving payment from Riot in consecutive splits.”
The players will receive full payments owed to them, as well as allowing them to compete in future tournaments & the OPL under different organisations.
Riot investigated “multiple reports” from players about this discrepancy over the course of the two OPL splits, finding that they were indeed in violation of the set agreement. Riot explained in the post the details of the agreement signed, stating:
“Teams in the OPL sign an agreement with Riot in which they agree to pay a minimum match payment to their players within a set period. In split 1 of the 2015 season, the OPL required teams to remit match payments to players within 30 days of receiving payment from Riot. In split 2 of the 2015 season, the OPL required teams to remit match payments to players within 21 days of receiving payment from Riot.”
The players from Team Immunity will still be offered any earned slots in the 2016 competitions should they play for a new organisation, as well as making sure registered players will be eligible for voting in the 2015 International Wildcard All Stars.
The post closes with commentary from Riot, as follows:
“We believe it is unacceptable for organisations to repeatedly withhold or delay payments owed to their players. Unfortunately, Team Immunity has repeatedly proven they are not capable of operating at the standards we expect on behalf of their players and fans. The players themselves, however, have done nothing wrong here, and we will work with them as they decide what path to follow in the 2016 season of OPL.”