The League of Legends esports CEO has been fined $75,000 for harassing pro players

ANDY Dinh, CEO of Team SoloMid, one of the world’s largest esports organizations, has been fined $75,000 and probated for two years for harassing and bullying its employees.

Allegations of harassment and bullying by Dinh against professional esports players and other TSM employees first surfaced in November 2021.

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Andy DinhCredit: Team SoloMid

A former TSM employee accused Dinh of “verbal assault”. [that] had inflicted public humiliation, nervous breakdowns and more on players and staff”.

Soon after their allegations broke, other current and former employees came forward with more information.

TSM conducted an internal investigation which found Dinh engaged in “no unlawful conduct”. The Washington Post.

However, the result of this investigation was not enough for developers Riot and the LCS, the League of Legends Championship Series in North America.

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The two organizations worked together to conduct their own investigation and today’s verdict is the result of that.

A statement released by revolt said:

“Based on the conclusions we have drawn from our independent investigators’ reports, we believe Dinh has displayed a pattern and practice of degrading and bullying behavior.

“This included verbal abuse of professional players and TSM staff, as well as demeaning and degrading communications.”

The report revealed that Dinh broke several League of Legends rules regarding harassment, profanity and hate speech.

Dinh’s abuse was reportedly limited to employees’ perceived performance.

He was found not to have abusively treated people based on their race, gender, or sexual identity.

The abuse also did not include a threat or actual physical harm.

Dinh must pay $75,000/£63,500 which will go to an anti-bullying charity of the league’s choice.

He will be put on probation for two years to see if the work culture at TSM improves.

He must also attend leadership and awareness training conducted by a third party to ensure its professionalism.

At the time of writing, Dinh has yet to make a public statement about the verdict.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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