Riot Games Hands EMENES Ruling Due To Xenophobic Remarks

04 Oct 2023
Tit Krajnik 04 Oct 2023
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  • Riot Games punished Cloud9's mid laner for xenophobic remarks
  • Jang "EMENES" Min-soo receives $15,000 fine
  • He will be allowed to compete with Cloud9 at Lol World Championship 2023
On Wednesday, October 4, Riot Games announced a competitive ruling, punishing Cloud9's mid laner Jang "EMENES" Min-soo for his xenophobioc remarks. The 22-year-old was fined $15,000, but will be allowed to compete with Cloud9 at the upcoming League of Legends World Championship.

EMENES was caught acting toxic towards his teammates in a solo queue game last month, with the community publicly calling out to Riot Games to punish the 22-year-old. And while many expected Riot Games to hand the Korean a harsher punishment, the league owner decided on a more lenient punishment.

Korean mid laner will have to pay $15,000 and undergo an "educational training course on professionalism"; however, he will be allowed to compete with Cloud9 at the upcoming League of Legends World Championship.

According to the announcement, Riot determined that EMENES breached Section 14.3.3 on behaviour and after an investigation on his comments which were directed towards European streamer decided those were derogatory and offensive – especially considering the streamer in question didn't provoke EMENES during the game.

"Section 14.3.3: Behavior in LoL. All LCS Coaches and members of the Full Team Roster are subject to behaviour checks and reviews for their behaviour while playing LoL, including before being permitted to associate with a Team as an LCS Coach or as a member of the Full Team Roster. Team Members are expected to behave appropriately in-game and to avoid the use of derogatory, racist and offensive language as well as griefing and intentionally feeding."

The investigation also found that EMENES' account was related to many other behaviour misconducts which don't meet the standards of a professional player. However, while the punishment could've been harsher, Riot took into account EMENES' public apology.

The situation started in September when EMENES became frustrated in a Korean solo queue match and called streamer Spear_shot a disgusting EU streamer who should go back to his country. While EMENES apologised for his actions, he also stated that he believed the streamer intentionally ruined the game for him for picking different champions.

EMENES is not the first professional player to get punished for offensive behaviour in solo queue matches. However, while he was punished, Cloud9 fans can be relieved that the punishment didn't include Riot banning EMENES from competing at LoL World Championship.