G2 Esports Fined For Commercial Violation | Wunder to Blame

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G2 Esports has been fined $1,100.15 (€1,000) by Riot Games for “commercial violation” after Wunder was shown playing World of Warcraft: Classic.  According to the LEC penalty tracker, G2 was issued with the fine on Friday, September 13.

Although it’s unknown where Wunder played the recently relaunched MMO, users on Twitter and Reddit have speculated that he tabbed into the game during a League of Legends European Championship game (LEC). The PC used in the broadcast had been supplied by Riot, the developer of LoL, and the fine would be justified if this happened during an official Riot broadcast. Rogue had been issued with a similar fine two weeks previously, according to the tracker. 

G2 responded to the fine on Twitter by jokingly thanking Riot, saying; “We would like to formally thank you for issuing us a penalty after we showed Wunder playing WoW Classic. We finally have a justifiable reason to uninstall the game from his PC.”

World of Warcraft: Classic, a server option for WoW which recreates the game as it was in 2006 prior to the launch of any expansions, was released on August 26 to significant acclaim. Activision, the game’s developer, saw its stock climb over 5% following the re-release, and WoW Twitch streams brought in more than a million viewers.

However, G2’s Twitter statement emphasizes the need for Wunder and the rest of its roster to focus on the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. G2 is currently considered one of the best teams in the world and having finished third last year, they will be eager to take the top spot, which brings with it a prize of nearly $2.5 million USD. 

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