Jess Colwill, August 29, 2016

Riot Co-Founder Addresses Salary Controversy

The controversy surrounding who exactly should be responsible for growing League of Legends player salaries to a sustainable level has continued following the initial spat between Riot co-founder Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill and Team SoloMid owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh.

After a day or two of silence, Tryndamere has now stepped up to the plate with a long response that cops to taking the comments too personally, offering an olive branch to ticked-off team owners about ways they can move forward together.

“Andy did an interview criticizing the timing of the laneswap gameplay changes, and I reacted emotionally. Andy and I go way back, and I like him, respect him, and really appreciate everything that he and TSM have done for League,” said Tryndamere on TwitLonger.

“My initial response to him read as a direct attack, I know that it hurt Andy, and for that I’m sorry. My post was clearly not the best way to engage in this complex topic.”

Tryndamere went on to add that he actually agrees with most of the points made by Reginald, especially that “League esports (in its current form) doesn’t provide the long-term security and sustainability that we ultimately aspire to for teams and pros.”

Some of the solutions being explored by Riot include new in-game team-specific items with revenue sharing for teams and players, as well as trying to sell more jerseys both at events and online.

“These are just a couple of examples and we’re exploring a lot more major steps, like league sponsorships, franchising, media rights, etc,” says Tryndamere.

While this continued dialogue between LoL’s biggest figures is a good start, the issues that this latest controversy has brought to light will need more than a mea culpa from Tryndamere to make them go away.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.