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G2 Esports and PerkZ accused of player tampering ahead of LEC

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League of Legends off-season drama continues as multiple LEC teams are preparing to file a formal complaint to Riot Games as they took issue with the way G2 Esports have been acquiring new talent, with PerkZ being in the focus here.

G2 Esports usually make headlines in each off-season due to high profile signings, but now they made the headlines twice - first when they signed the former young star of Fnatic, Caps, and again when news about several teams preparing a formal complaint popped up.

According to VPEsports, it is G2's midlaner, Luka "PerkZ" Perković, who is making most of the roster calls as he unofficially scouts players he wants to play with. After this, the team owner, Carlos "Ocelote" Rodriguez, takes over the calls and further arrangements for acquiring the players.

Normally, this wouldn't be an issue, but several sources that talked with VPEsports alleged that some of these negotiations took place before the players' contracts ended and they were therefore not free agents. This wouldn't be an issue either, provided that the team that holds the player's contract allowed the player to talk with other teams, in similar manner Fnatic let sOAZ talk with Misfits before his contract ran out.

Apparently, PerkZ didn't wait for any approval by contract holders and approached several players too early. Some of these illegal approaches include talks with Zven and Mithy before their contracts ran out, as well Odoamne, Wadid and Hjarnan.

On top of the hard evidence VPEsports collected, several players will reportedly testify in front of Riot Games about the way they were approached. According to a few tweets by Fnatic's owner, Sam Matthews, it would appear Caps didn't switch teams in regular circumstances either.

FnaticPicture of the 2017/2018 roster for G2 EsportsFnatic found a replacement for Caps already

It is unknown if Riot Games wanted to handle this issue without going public about it, but the cat is out of the bag now. Now the only thing that remains unknown is whether or how they might reprimand G2 Esports, and whether they will take into consideration that PerkZ was already warned about player poaching in the past.