League of Legends Casters, employed under contract to Riot Games, are one of the best sources of information for simple players like you and I. Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels, the former Support player on teams like Evil Geniuses and Alliance is a great caster, however, his biggest strength lies in the educational streaming sphere. Everytime we have watched his stream, his analysis inspired us to play and master the Support role. Unfortunately, he’s not been able to earn money from his streaming efforts because of Riot’s policy. Well, that has changed.
One of the biggest criticisms levied against Riot Games in the scandal that shook the scene towards the end of the 2016 LCS Summer Split, where famous League of Legends caster contracted to OGN, Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykkles, said that Riot casters can’t earn money from any other source but Riot Games, was that Riot demands exclusivity while paying much less that their employees would get if they were freelancers in other games, without allowing them to make up the difference by other means. It seems like Riot Games is reconsidering this position at least a little bit.
In the past several days, Krepo’s stream had a Subscribe button. The caster also accepted donations. With this policy change by Riot Games, we should await a lot of awesome content from the Riot event coverage team. Just like Krepo informs his viewers about the deeper things that go into playing Support in Solo Queue during his live streams, Joshua “Jatt” Leesman could breakdown plays or something similar. League of Legends casters are very skilled people. Hopefully, we can reap the rewards of their labor, helping them earn more money for their work as well.
The whole thing should also create opportunities for Riot Casters to raise their public profile and show themselves capable of working in different capacities from covering Riot Games’ League of Legends events. After all, even if League of Legends is the most popular eSport in the world, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be there for ever. Just like MonteCristo transitioned to Overwatch, so should League casters be able to prepare the soil for their inevitable move to other games, whatever they may be. Freedom is an essential part of a job well done. When you have options, you do what you love the most. Making an environment where casters love working should be the biggest priority for Riot Games. When they can pack up and leave but decide to stay, supplementing their income with side-jobs, drawing enjoyment from them, then Riot Games will be able to say that they are the best company in eSports.