G2 Esports and Perkz Accused of Player Tampering

by in League of Legends | Dec, 4th 2018

Some pretty unexpected news hit the League of Legends community yesterday. Multiple LEC teams are filing a complaint to Riot Games in response to G2 Esports’ alleged improper behavior regarding player poaching. The report cites examples all the way back to 2016 and highlights how G2 has an established poaching method.

It supposedly revolves around their star mid laner Luka “Perkz” Perković who reaches out to players of interest in his region well before their contracts come to an end. Perkz allegedly contacts players either in person, or online through Discord, Skype, Facebook, and even the League of Legends client.

All of this comes just days after Fnatic founder Sam Mathews tweeted a fairly direct message alleging poaching involved in Rasmus “Caps” Winther’s transfer to G2 Esports.

According to the complaint, G2 Esports and Perkz approached numerous players throughout the years, including Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu back when he was still with H2K, Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss, Kim “Wadid” Bae-in (both of whom did sign with G2 Esports), as well as Elias “Upset” Lipp who is currently signed with Schalke 04.

Bear in mind that this isn’t just one organization or individual making a claim, but rather multiple organizations. I think that gives this claim a fair of weight, and in fact, this is far from the first time these rumors circulated the web.

With all the evidence piling up, I think it’s becoming pretty evident that G2 Esports, or at the very least Perkz as an individual, is guilty of poaching to a certain degree. How big of an overstep they committed is up for debate, and it’s impossible to know with certainty before a thorough investigation from Riot Games.

The only question now is — what’ll the punishment be? Perkz was already given a formal warning some time ago after he approached Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre while they were still contracted to Origen.

A suspension of some sorts is within the realm of possibility, alongside a hefty monetary fine. In the end, we’ll have to wait a few weeks (minimum) to get some concrete feedback from Riot after they investigate internally.

Whether or not this impacts G2’s roster for the 2019 LEC Spring Split remains to be seen.


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