RZESZÓW, Poland, LONDON and HONG KONG, Feb. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - G2A.com were recently alerted to an incident that took place during Campeonato Brasileiro de League of Legends (CBLoL) 2016. The incident has spread like wildfire in Brazil where millions of e-sporters are passionate and loyal to e-sports and to G2A because of their many years of encouragement and over 6 million dollars invested in the development of e-sports teams.
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According to sources, a young gamer called Gabriel "Tockers" Claumann completely forgot about the fact that RIOT 'banned' the G2A logo. He innocently and proudly wore his G2A logo T-Shirt. The show began and he had no way of knowing that he was about to get a rude shock. During the break he was informed rules dictated that he could not show the G2A logo on his T shirt and had to place duct tape over the logo.
Here is the official statement from RIOT:
Evidence of the fine:
Gabriel "Tockers" Claumann's organization, INTZ was subsequently fined R$ 5.000,00 (1.150 EUR) for use of the G2A logo.
Co-Founder and CMO Dawid Rozek speaking in Europe said that: G2A.COM will continue supporting all partners associated with G2A e-sports. He added: "G2A has paid this fine for Gabriel "Tockers" Claumann's organization, INTZ because G2A believe that no e-sports organization should be punished so severely for wearing a G2A branded T shirt."
RIOT, as a sponsor of League of Legends teams banned the G2A logo earlier this year. Negotiations between G2A and RIOT failed to produce a win-win solution that would empower the e-sport industry for gamers.
The RIOT ban seems however, to have had the reverse effect, because G2A T-shirts became, overnight, a symbol of protest. E-sports support for G2A grew and the growth of e-sports teams became stronger.
G2A's position and the shock of the Brazilian e-sports team's fine has, however, created dissent in the e-sports community. One of the main priorities for G2A is to now restore the happiness and stability of e-sports in Brazil.
G2A.COM is attentive to the Brazil market, Brazilian gamers, and the Brazilian e-sports community. "G2A care about their growth and their enjoyment in e-sports. Brazilian e-sporters can rely on G2A's support," Dawid concluded.