Riot Games denies poaching accusations towards G2 & Perkz: “We have not received any formal complaints from any LEC teams.”

Over the course of the last few weeks, there have been rumors spread amongst fans of the LEC whether G2 & Perkz potentially engaged in the poaching of players, including, but not limited to, the former Fnatic Midlaner Rasmus “Caps” Winther. 

report published by VPEsports claimed that “several European LCS teams are in the process of making a formal complaint to Riot Games about the conduct of G2 Esports relating to improper approaches to their players.”

However, according to Riot Games, no LEC team has filed a complaint, and only one complaint by a single esports organisation was received in total:

“At this time, the League Office has not received any formal complaints from any LEC teams. A single complaint was voiced towards the League by another party, but it concerns events that occured well outside the respective limitation period.”

The time limit for voicing a complaint regarding poaching allegations is six months, according to Riot’s Esports Global Penalty Index. After that time period, the subject will not cause a Riot investigation.

Additionally, Riot also commented on poaching allegations in the case of Rasmus “Caps” Winther:

According to Riot, both Fnatic and Caps signed an Availability Declaration Form on the 9th of November, meaning that the player was allowed to explore options from that day forward – despite still being under contract with Fnatic. The earliest report of Caps potentially transferring to G2 was published on the 20th of November by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf.

With the Availability Declaration Form being signed as early as the 9th of November, Riot have found no evidence to suggest that a poaching incident occured during the transfer of Caps from Fnatic to G2.

Fnatic’s CGO Patrik Sättermon has also officially confirmed that “Fnatic has not nor will submit any formal complaint to Riot regarding poaching in LCS/LEC.”

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Darius Matuschak

Darius is an esports journalist trying to nurture esports culture whenever possible. He got into esports while finishing his Bachelor in Journalism, and has been a regular EU LCS attendee since January 2017.

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