Yes, I am still alive. And I wish I had more time to write regular blog posts but work, travel and doctors appointments are keeping me busy at the moment.
But I couldn’t resist writing about something that grinds my gears at the moment.
It’s true, the promised follow-up article on doping in esports would be out by now if someone’s legal department didn’t send a furious letter down to Mexico to try and silence the little nagging voice that tries to keep a meaningful discussion about substance abuse and doping regulations in electronic sports going.
I’ll do an extra post about who and why once this nonsense is settled and I am getting the green light to talk about it from my legal representation.In the meantime here is an example to show you what kind of things slow me down from creating a follow-up article that is just for every party involved.
Since I published my original article, I tried to get in touch with any company I mentioned to get their view on the topic for the record and find a middle ground to start a discussion how the doping problem can be solved or if they see it as a problem at all from their perspective.
I reached most of them and they either respectfully told me that they are not willing to comment on it, which I totally respect as I understand this could scare sponsors away, and a doping scandal in their league / tournament could cause serious repercussions by sponsors and the global gaming community, or they gave a generic statement probably written by a PR intern, which was kind of unsatisfying.
As I had the first-hand experience with players doping in League of Legends and it’s the go-to electronic sports for aspiring talent at the moment, I was especially interested in talking to Riot Games and getting their opinion on the doping problem and an explanation why they allow neuroenhancement in their leagues and tournaments.
So in August 2014 I tried to get in touch with the Riot Games PR department. I never got a mail back. The two calls I made were hung up immediately after I stated what I wanted to talk about and until today I never received a callback or any reply.
When I was finishing up the follow-up article, I did not want to publish it until I had talked to Riot Games. I spoke to a few Fortune 500 CEOs before and whenever I took the time to write a hand-written note to someone I always did get back a reply. It took some time in some cases up to a month but usually their secretary called and thanked for the personal note and in 9/10 cases I did get a handwritten letter back instead of an email.
Long story told short; I wrote a small not very time-consuming to read a note to Mr.Brandon Beck the CEO and Co-Founder of Riot Games.
I sent this the 3rd of March 2015, and it got delivered on the 10th of March 2015. No call from his secretary, no mail back.
Well, I guess Mr.Beck is either too busy or too scared to write back but at least I can say I tried to get in touch with him and Riot Games. I still hope for an answer or the offer to engage in a meaningful discussion about if and how it makes sense to regulate neuroenhancement in electronic sports and specifically in the professional league of legends and their amateur / college leagues.
That’s it from me for today.
Check by once a month for updates if you like.
Estimate on the legal dispute is 6-8 weeks until its solved from our end.