I MAY's Road apologizes for comments to Froggen in solo queue


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Yun "Road" Hangil, I MAY support and World Championship attendee, responded on Facebook Thursday to a post made on Reddit Wednesday accusing Road of verbally attacking Echo Fox mid laner Henrik "Froggen" Hansen in a solo queue match.

In the Facebook post, Road admitted to telling Froggen to "go die" repeatedly in chat when the two were matched together in a solo queue game. He claimed that rather than telling Froggen to die, he was referring to repeated ganks against Froggen in mid lane.

"The words 'go die' that I said to the pro was not telling him to go die but it was because he had so many deaths and every time he went to mid, he would get ganked and die," he said. "My ability to communicate in English is very limited, which is why I said it that way."

Road said he became angry because he was stressed and "having a tough time mentally."

"I want to apologize to my coaches, teammates and the pro player for causing this kind of issue during the tournament," he said. "I will be cautious to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again."

I MAY have not made an official statement about the incident. The team currently have a record of 1-2 in the Group Stage at the World Championship and play their final games on Sunday.

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Basically, Riot is in hot water, and today, we want to walk you through and explain how we got here.

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Riot announces League of Legends Auto Chess-esque mode

Riot Games recently announced Teamfight Tactics, a round-based strategy game that shares more than a few similarities to popular Dota 2 mod Auto Chess.

Announced in a blog post on the League of Legends website, Teamfight Tactics "pits you against seven opponents in a free-for-all race to build a powerful team that fights on your behalf," with the end goal to "be the last person standing."

At the start of each round players will draft miniature LoL champions and then duke it out on virtual playing board. Champions will reportedly attack, defend and use spells automatically, with the player decision making coming from team composition and champion selection.

"We’ve always loved strategy games and recently we’ve gotten into the new auto-battler genre—folks around the office have been playing an insane amount of Dota Auto Chess in particular. We love it, and it actually got us inspired to create something new as a mode in League," the blog post reads.

According to the blog post, Teamfight Tactics will be launching as a beta around patch 9.13, with a ranked Teamfight mode expected for 9.14.

H1ghsky1 reportedly banned from Twitter, no official reason given

Competitive Fortnite player and the youngest member of FaZe Clan, H1ghsky1, has reportedly been banned from Twitter.

While no official statement from FaZe Clan, H1ghSky1 or Twitter has been given, it is important to remember that Twitter's terms of service agreement does state: "you must be at least 13 years old, or in the case of Periscope 16 years old, to use the Services."

The controversy surrounding H1ghsky1's age first came into question after popular Fortnite streamer Turner "tfue" Tenney filed a lawsuit against FaZe Clan—the organization he signed with in April of 2018—alleging the contract he signed was illegal and unfair.

Since that original lawsuit, it's been confirmed that H1ghsky1 was indeed underage when he signed with FaZe Clan in March of 2019.

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FACEIT Games and the LCS recently announced the “Scouting Grounds Circuit,” a second way LCS hopefuls can qualify for the LCS Scouting Grounds being held later this year.

Prior to the announcement of the Scouting Grounds Circuit, teams were only able to qualify for the weekend-long tournament through a traditional ladder-system that ranked teams and players based on points.

Now the best amateur NA teams have the option to compete in a multi-stage tournament, with the top two moving on to the LCS Scouting Grounds event being held in November.

While Riot has only been running Scouting Grounds for the past three years, the developmental tournament has produced such talent as Cloud9 jungler Robert "Blaber" Huang.

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theScore esports Daily (May 23): Tfue breaks silence on FaZe Clan lawsuit, bill to ban loot boxes gains momentum in U.S. while Riot Games forced arbitration situation develops

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Tfue breaks silence on FaZe Clan controversy

In a video posted to YouTube, Twitch streamer Turner "Tfue" Tenney has issued a statement regarding the on-going lawsuit he and his legal team have filed against FaZe Clan.

"This is about me and this contract. This contract that I signed when I didn't know any better," Tfue said, referencing the alleged oppressive contract that's at the heart of his lawsuit.

It was revealed earlier this week that Tfue is suing the org, which he's been signed to since April of 2018.

Tfue goes on to state that he should have never signed the contract in the first place, and calls for FaZe Clan to release the contract documents to the public.

In the lawsuit, Freedman + Taitelman—the Los Angeles law firm representing Tfue—allege that the FaZe Clan contract is stopping the Twitch streamer from pursuing lucrative opportunities not brought to him by the organization while taking 80 per cent “of the revenue paid by third-parties for Tenney's services.”

We will update the story as it continues to develop.

U.S. bill to ban loot boxes gains momentum

On Thursday, May 23, U.S. Republican senator Josh Hawley will introduce a bill to ban the sale of loot boxes to children under the age of 18.

If passed, the Protecting Children Abusive Games Act would prohibit video game companies from selling loot boxes to anyone under 18 while also making it illegal to include pay-to-win mechanics into games aimed an under-age audience.

Under the new legislation, companies found guilty of selling loot boxes or including pay-to-win mechanics would be fined a yet-to-be-determined amount.

Riot Games employees look to board of directors for help with forced arbitration policy

According to a report from The Verge, Riot Games employees are looking to the company's board of directors to help change the company's stance on forced arbitration, after the League of Legends developer refused to make changes while in the midst of litigation.

After staging a walk-out on May 6 and giving Riot a deadline of May 16 to make changes to its policy, The Verge reports that employees who took part in the walk-out have created an anti-forced arbitration petition with the intent to present it to the Riot's board of directors.

“We are appealing to the board to advocate for us. Forced arbitration has been criticized and is being changed at a number of companies,” an unnamed organizer said to The Verge. "Riot workers are currently circulating the petition. Although organizers originally planned to present the petition on Friday, they’re now holding it while they decide how to deliver it."

On May 17, Riot Games posted a blog post to its website, clarifying their position on forced arbitration.

"We will not change our employee agreements while in active litigation. We know not everyone agrees with this decision, but we also know everyone does want Riot to continue to improve," the blog post said. "We remain committed to having a firm answer around extending an opt-out to all Rioters when active litigation concludes."

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