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Riot cancels LoL esports deal with Saudi Arabian city project following backlash


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League of Legends publisher Riot has canned its partnership with Saudia Arabian city project Neom following criticism from employees, esports casters, and fans. The deal would have seen the Saudi city project come on board as a partner for League of Legends' European Championship tournament's summer season. However, in a statement, Riot's director of esports EMEA Alberto Guerrero explains that it was important the developer moved quickly once they realised "mistakes" were made.
"As a company and as a league, we know that it's important to recognise when we make mistakes and quickly work to correct them," Guerrero says. "After further reflection, while we remain steadfastly committed to all of our players and fans worldwide including those living in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, the LEC has ended its partnership with Neom, effective immediately.
"In an effort to expand our esports ecosystem, we moved too quickly to cement this partnership and caused rifts in the very community we seek to grow. While we missed our own expectations in this instance, we're committed to reexamining our internal structures to ensure this doesn't happen again." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: League of Legends patch 10.16 notes - Yone! More Spirit Blossom skins! Samira? LoL's Spirit Blossom Champions aren't "good or evil, just different shades of grey" Your free League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics Twitch loot is here


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