A meeting of the League of Legends team was recorded and published. Explosive: You can hear that players could lose their jobs. The esports scene is going crazy.
How would you react if your employer threatened to dismiss you, made a video of it and also posted it on the Internet? This is exactly what happened to the professional League of Legends CLG team. In a video series published on social media platforms, the e-sports organization lets you look behind the scenes. Training, tournaments or life in the clubhouse, everything is shown. The fans think that CLG is going too far with the latest episode.
A moment was captured with the camera in which the team manager communicates to the players that he is not satisfied with their performance and will make changes to the squad. “You will probably play together for the last time today,” he says. Team CLG, who play in the highest North American League of Legends, the LCS, is at the table’s bottom.
At the highest level
The fact that the club still wants to earn money the moment the team hears that people are being laid off – the video series is sponsored by brewer Budweiser – does not go down well with the community and League of Legends giants. The trainer from Clan G2 Fabian «GrabbZ» Lohmann writes: «If this is a decision that has actually made it public, I don’t even want to know how this organization works every day.» Other well-known names in the scene, such as Cloud 9 streamer Christian “IWDominate” Rivera, criticize CLG for publishing the clip.
Petition to absolve the CLG roster from this years performance.— Fabian 'GrabbZ' Lohmann (@G2GrabbZ) July 12, 2021
If this is a decision that actually made it to the public I don't even want to know how this org operates day to day.
It being sponsor content + the hashtag makes it even worse.
As is so often the case after a shit storm, the video is deleted. But the question remains, what is the next step with CLG? Both sponsor Budweiser and League of Legends developer Riot will not be happy about the video and it shows the pressure the players are under. It also shows that the esports scene is still young and has yet to learn how to market itself. Posting internal meetings online is definitely the wrong way to go.