League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Commissioner Chris Greeley, has issued an official statement and warning to esports organization Echo Fox over alleged racist comments made by “a member of the Echo Fox ownership group” to Echo Fox’s former CEO Jace Hall.
The LCS condemned “hate speech, threats, and bigotry” and demanded “appropriate corrective action” from Echo Fox, which will require “removing any individuals whose actions violate League rules and agreements.” The LCS warned that if Echo Fox does not take action within 60 days the league will take formal action against the team.
Hall was allegedly subjected to racist comments last April from a partner of Vision Esports, the management company that funds Echo Fox, with the n-word used in an internal email. Co-founder Rick Fox was reportedly ready to sell his shares and leave the team over the issue.
On April 26, Echo Fox released a statement clarifying that the person accused of the racial slur was a limited partner who is not an employee, officer or director of Echo Fox.
However, the person’s actual status within the company seems to be irrelevant to the LCS, who clearly want Echo Fox to cut all ties to the individual, regardless of his official employment status with the team.
It remains to be seen what action Echo Fox will take as, at the time of writing, they have yet to respond to the LCS’ warning.