League of Legends – Garena removes LGBT restriction after Riot intervenes

Garena, the publisher for League of Legends in Southeast Asia, was in the spotlight earlier today for discriminating against LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender) players in an upcoming “Iron Solari all-female” tournament in the Philippines. Riot Games, developer of League of Legends, stepped in and Garena has since removed the discriminatory rule for the tournament.

Garena LoL Iron Solari tournament

With a mindset stuck in the 1990’s, Garena initially claimed that LGBT players will give teams “an unfair advantage” and will be limiting each time to just one of such member. Any team found to violate this rule was threatened with a ban from all Garena-organized events for 1 year. Riot Games stepped in after the new went viral and reported by various news outlet.

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