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RNG’s owner said UZI is still within contract. However, it’s not the official Riot contract. These double-contracts put players in very unfavorable positions.

LeagueofLegends11 - RNG's owner said UZI is still within contract. However, it's not the official Riot contract. These double-contracts put players in very unfavorable positions.
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In recent days, the hottest topic on Chinese league forums is how RNG treats its player. The rumor is that whenever RNG signs a player, the player would get an official contract oversaw by Riot, which is in the Global contract base. RNG will also sign another agent contract with the player, which is to help the player to manage the business side of things, like streaming, advertisements, etc. The agent contract is only between the player and RNG, so this second contract is not overseen by Riot.

Here is the "trick". The agent contract is often slightly longer than the Riot contract. Many players didn't know how serious this is so they signed these double contracts. Now why is this bad? It's bad because when a player's Riot contract is finished. The player faces only two options: 1) resign with RNG for cheap, 2) retire.

Essentially, the rumor is that the agent contract imposes a buy-out fee very common in kpop circle — we invested in your branding so you must engage in business activities approved by us, or pay for contract violation. So if you want to play for another team, you have to pay the ridiculous buy-out. If you still want to play, then RNG is your only choice, which means cheap contracts. Or, just retire.

This topic got so hot that RNG's owner came out and made a statement. The statement confirmed most aspects of the rumor. The statement is too long as it discusses contracts about other players like curse, MLXG, LetMe, Zzitai, Ale. I only translated a few key quotes. source:
39819029 - RNG's owner said UZI is still within contract. However, it's not the official Riot contract. These double-contracts put players in very unfavorable positions.

https://bbs.hupu.com/39819029.html

Quote 1: UZI虽然退役了,但他仍在RNG合同内. Translation: UZI is retired, but he is still within contract with RNG.

Note that the Global contract database shows UZI is no longer with RNG (
https://lol.gamepedia.com/Archive:Global_Contract_Database). This confirms that double contracts is true and the agent contract is longer than the Riot contract.

Quote 2: 至于选手的转会,无论是足球,篮球还是电子竞技,一定要先符合市场规律才会促成,我们也不可能在合同中拟定一条不可转会条款去限制选手,更不可能存在一个强买强卖。 Translation: In terms of player transfer, no matter we are talking about football, basketball or esports, it first needs to satisfy the market principle, it is impossible for us to restrict player's contract by adding a contract term that says players are forbidden from transferring. More so, it is impossible to have forced buy or forced sale.

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My understanding is that he is playing with words. Nobody says RNG forbids players from transferring. Everyone is saying that the buyout is ridiculous. I think his statement essentially confirms that there is a buyout (e.g., mentioning market principle and "no forced buy forced sale").

Quote 3: RNG用合同卡UZI复出,等等言论简直是无稽之谈。从合同拟定的逻辑上,有哪一分合同会签署时设计一款关于退役再复出的条款呢?即便真的有,选手在签署时对此十分苛刻的条款不会提出异议吗? Translation: The rumor that "RNG uses contract to stop UZI coming out of retirement (to another team)" is nonsense. In terms of drafting contract logic, which contract would be specific enough to design a term that is about "coming out of the retirement"? Even if there is such a term, wouldn't players object this type of overly restrictive contract terms?

My understanding is that this guy is again playing with words. Nobody says the contract has a specific term regarding coming out of contract. The agent contract basically prevents players from unapproved business activities. That's all that is needed to prevent UZI from coming out of retirement.

It should be noted that there were also RNG players who got out of RNG without retiring (maybe they were sharp enough to spot the problem when signing the contract), like Langx and Karsa. (and maybe JackeyLove).

Finally, there is a minor scandal regarding player Ale who recently got dissed by RNG. The owner's statement apologized to Ale. (It's pretty funny. Basically RNG invited Ale to train with the team to see whether he is worth signing. But when Ale arrived, RNG told Ale, oh, we changed our mind, here is 8 USD, take a taxi home and use the rest to buy some boba tea.)

There is an unverified screenshot of RNG's contract offered to trainees. It's unconfirmed, so I am not positing it here.

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