Riot Games Has Yet to Pay SSG for the 2017 Worlds Skins – And It’s 2020!

by in League of Legends | Sep, 17th 2020

One of the great traditions in League of Legends is that the team that wins Worlds gets a set of skins themed after their squad. It’s also a tradition that nearly every League of Legends player buys all five, regardless of whether they play the champions or not (this writer is living proof of that). The winning team also gets a cut of the sales. As a result of how well these skins have been selling, Riot Games lowered the world’s purse to sort of balance it all out. That would be great if Riot had paid SSG for their Worlds Skins in 2017. You read that right – it’s 2020, and all of SSG has yet to be paid!

According to a former SSG player and World Champion, Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin, Riot has not paid SSG their share of the profits yet. How? Why?

SSG Swept Under the Rug?

CuVee points out that only certain members of the SSG team were paid by Riot for the 2017 Worlds Skins. These two players, coincidentally, moved on to the LCS. Team Liquid’s Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in and Oz Gaming’s Lee “Crown” Min-ho. This report was confirmed by an LCK reporter, Ashley Kang.

The changing of the prize pool was also revealed by Riot Games recently. They had this to say:

“To create a more equitable structure, the first-place prize will be reduced and allocated to the other finishers to better distribute the Worlds prize pool to the remaining competitors, who do not benefit from the sale of the Worlds skins.”

That would be great if all of SSG benefitted from the Worlds Skins back in 2017! There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of thing to be overlooked. We have no idea about Riot’s response, or even if SSG will ever see their share of the skin money.

How is this something that happened? Is there some kind of loopholes or reasons why Korean players wouldn’t be paid? If that were the case, we’d have heard about it by now, as 2013-2017 winners were all from South Korea. We would have certainly heard by now if there were some kind of problem.

It’s not like this is a couple hundred bucks or anything. Just look at your lobbies for League of Legends when the new Worlds skins come out. Everyone buys them practically. This writer’s account has several years of complete skins for champs he never plays. That’s because there’s no Worlds Taric or Leona that he’s seen. All we can do is hope that this year’s winner doesn’t go through the same thing. We’d love to know the reason for this oversight and will keep our eyes peeled.


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