Esports organizations taking part in Cellular Legends might be compelled to drop or by no means signal a workforce for Wild Rift attributable to a signed exclusivity contract with developer Moonton (owned by short-form video app TikTok), in keeping with a report by Wild Rift information outlet WRCompetitive.
Staff Secret CEO John Yao weighed in on the report on Fb, noting that the flexibility to take part in a number of titles is essential to the survival of esports organizations. He additionally indicated that compensation from Moonton must be substantial to justify such an unique deal. Staff Secret lately entered Wild Rift, marking the group’s growth into the Philippines.
Whereas it has not made a major international impression, Cellular Legends is a serious esport in Southeast Asia – the area at present seeing essentially the most esports exercise for Wild Rift. A number of organizations within the area that area Cellular Legends groups have already signed Wild Rift rosters. European group Alliance additionally entered the area by Wild Rift. earlier this yr.
Whereas not particularly mentioning Cellular Legends, Riot Video games Esports Challenge Supervisor for Southeast Asia Ban Chee tweeted as discussions surrounding this report had been mounting on social media. In his submit, Chee acknowledged his reassurance that Wild Rift wouldn’t limit SEA groups from competing in different esports.
Exclusivity contracts of this nature are largely non-existent in esports, although some firms have tried to scale back the publicity given to competing titles by their esports athletes. An early, leaked model of LCS participant contracts had a clause which prohibited the livestreaming of select video games. Following vital public backlash, this clause was eliminated. In 2019, Riot additionally fined G2 Esports when World of Warcraft Traditional was proven on considered one of its participant’s computer systems throughout an LEC broadcast.
SBJ has reached out to Moonton for remark.