To help kickstart this process, we’re providing pros the resources to set up a Players’ Association. Players will vote on independent reps to be their voice in league decisions and the Association will provide easy access to core resources like skills training, financial planning and legal help.
We’ll be funding the launch of the Association, however the representation that the players vote on and elect is responsible solely to them. The goal is that this Association is an independent voice of the players to work with Riot and the teams. It’s our hope and expectation that as the association grows, the players assume full financial control over the organization — we believe this is the most effective way to give the process a kick start and provide them with an official voice.
The Player’s Association will launch later this year. Kickstarting an association which independently represents pro players is a complex process — legally and organizationally. We’ll share more details later this year, but here’s the basics of how it’ll work:
The Players’ Association Process
A short list of representatives will present to NA LCS Players in June — players vote as a group on who to represent them. Players can also vote to reject all candidates. In this case, we would either provide additional candidates for them to screen or accept representation that they have elected independently.
The newly elected Players’ Association representatives will have July through September to get up to speed organizationally and to meet with players.
Fully launched, the Players’ Association provides centralized representation for players in tri-party negotiations (Riot-Owners-Players); they also provide access to vetted resources (e.g. legal/financial advice) to help players planning out their careers
When is this all happening?
Application Period Opens
Application Period Closes
Update on Players’ Association
We’re excited to usher in a new competitive future for the NA LCS with strong and motivated partners by our side. We believe that these moves to share league revenue, adapt the structure of the league and give pro players a seat at the table when key decisions are made will build a more sustainable, more competitive and ultimately more exciting League for years to come. Let us know your questions, and we’ll be back with updates throughout this journey as we move closer to 2018.