Jess Colwill, April 20, 2017

Origen Fined $10,000 After Mispaying Players

Esports organisation Origen has been ordered to pay $10,000 in fines after an investigation by Riot Games concluded that it had breached its obligations to correctly pay its League of Legends players.

Riot’s Team Participation Agreement outlines that teams must correctly pay their players in accordance with all local laws in their jurisdiction. As a Germany-based team, Origen is therefore required to pay mandatory contributions on behalf of their players towards social security, healthcare and taxation, in addition to the base salary.

“While Origen had this properly reflected in the contracts they have with their starting line-up, the actual contributions and withholdings had not been processed properly,” explained Riot in its ruling.

“During the investigation, Origen has been honest and straightforward about the issues and was swift in resolving them. As of March, contracts for all players and the Head Coach have been amended to comply with the Team Participation Agreement. Additionally, Origen has set up a payment framework which is compliant with both contractual obligations to Riot and their team members, as well as applicable labor regulations."

“However, we consider failure to comply with applicable regulations for payroll management as an employer to be a significant infraction. Even if in this case the players did not suffer direct monetary damages, they were exposed to legal risk as Origen failed to observe employer responsibilities.”

Tainted Minds player payment controversy

Another esports organisation, Tainted Minds, was in the headlines last week after being found guilty by Riot Games for failing to correctly pay players or support staff, and failing to provide adequate hardware.

The investigation cleared Tainted Minds of responsibility for what players alleged were “unsafe” conditions, including unstable electricity supply and mold infestations. See our earlier story for the full background.

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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.