Esports Competition Ruling: Fining of Bjergsen

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Riot Nick Allen

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24-01-2014

League of Legends Competition Ruling

Player: Søren Bjerg / Bjergsen
Region: North America
Date of Ruling: January 23rd, 2014
Subject: Fine; Violations of LCS Rules

Facts
In late October, Team SoloMid Ownership approached Ninjas in Pyjamas Ownership regarding signing Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. NiP Ownership granted TSM Ownership permission to speak to Bjergsen directly about the possibility of acquisition. TSM and NiP negotiated a transfer agreement that resulted in Bjergsen joining TSM. During this negotiation, NiP Ownership informed Bjergsen that one of the conditions for his transfer was that he must find a player to fill one of the multiple holes in their roster.

Bjergsen then directly approached another professional player on a different LCS team, Lemondogs, without consulting the team’s manager. He offered this player a significant sum of money to leave his team/contract and to join NiP. The Lemondogs player was interested in the offer, and informed his team of his desire to leave, which eventually resulted in he and two other additional teammates leaving the organization and going to NiP.


Relevant Rules
Section 10.2.12 of the official LCS rule set states:

No Team Member or Affiliate of a team may solicit, lure, or make an offer of employment to any Team Member who is signed to any LCS team, nor encourage any such Team Member to breach or otherwise terminate a contract with said LCS team.


Analysis
Bjergsen cooperated with Riot staff and openly admitted to approaching and encouraging a contracted LCS player to leave his position at Lemondogs. TSM Ownership was not involved in conversations or financial offer to the player and as a result will not face any penalty.

Ruling
Bjergsen has violated rule 10.2.12 of the LCS Ruleset and will be subject to penalties.

Competition Penalties
Bjergsen is:
• Fined $2000 USD


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Ward Baron pls

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24-01-2014

no tl;dr?


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SCII Kerrigan

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24-01-2014

He will still be able to play in the weekend LCS right? A fine is a fine, as long as it is gonna get paid, tsm will still be in this right?!
Their comeback is fantastic with this dude.


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Ward Baron pls

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24-01-2014

2k is alot I hope regi has the money


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AnkleFumbleHead

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24-01-2014

This Esport **** is serious lol

PS: Why do people need to know he got fined and the reasons he got fined?


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AnkleFumbleHead

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24-01-2014

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ward Baron pls View Post
2k is alot I hope regi has the money
Didn't you read? TSM didn't get a penalty.


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Wutever

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24-01-2014

2k ain't really a lot with the amount of viewers he gets on twitch, sponsor money and LCS money.


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Ward Baron pls

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Quote:
Originally Posted by AnkleFumbleHead View Post
Didn't you read? TSM didn't get a penalty.
Yes but regi is the rich guy
2k is much for a penalty


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WzSzS

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24-01-2014

Rofl


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Lurebro

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24-01-2014

u guys suck


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