Following massive public outcry against their recent ruling against former Griffin head coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho, Riot Games Korea have taken steps to revise their original punishment.
Initially, cvMax received an indefinite ban from all League of Legends events, after investigation into Griffin’s rampant mismanagement — promoted by cvMax’s allegations of the unlawful loan of Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok to JD Gaming — showed the head coach had been verbally and physically abusive towards his players.
The ruling, however, was seen as too severe, with Korean assemblyman Ha Tae-kyung calling it a purposefully severe punishment against a whistle-blower. In the wake of the ruling, a government petition was started which, upon reaching 200,000, had to be acknowledged by the disciplinary committee.
Riot Korea’s updated decision is to now defer the infinite ban of cvMax and allow him to continue working as head coach for his new team, DragonX. The investigation will resume under the management of neutral third party, which will have judicial authority and be transparent in its finding.
“We’re taking the 200,000 signatures on that petition as a very serious warning to Riot Games and KeSPA,” Riot Korea said (translation courtesy of InvenGloba). “We’ll make sure to be as cooperative as possible with the outside agency to keep the investigation process as transparent and fair as possible.”
In terms of org management, Still8 and Griffin will also have to go through corporate restructuring. Riot Korea has ordered that Still8 has to step down as operator of Griffin and surrender management of the club to a new party. This needs to be done before the 2020 LCK Summer Promotion or Still8 will forfeit their right to LCK slot.
This is new development of the case, after the last piece of news stated that Griffin has destroyed all previous player contracts for being unfair, and offered its players to either re-sign the updated ones or become free agents with no repercussions. A trio of players in Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, support Son “Lehends” Si-woo, and top laner Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon have already accepted free agency.
With the contract issue being a dangerous precedent, Riot Korea is now on a mission to establish standardized contracts for the region. All LCK contracts will be investigated before the start of 2020 Spring Season and new contract forms will be prepared before the start of the split. A neutral third party will help with any form of appeal and re-investigation, build a review system to protect player rights, and educate orgs on how to prevent verbal and physical abuse.
Story is still developing.