LCS directs Echo Fox to separate from shareholder over racist remarks

Esports organized instructed to take action within 60 days or risk participation in League of Legends Championship Series

The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) has called upon esports organization Echo Fox to separate itself from a shareholder who used racist language in both in-person interactions and in emails.

Last month, Dexerto reported that Echo Fox founder Rick Fox was announcing his departure from the organization following what Fox referred to as "a recent outrageous and abhorrent display of pure racism made by a significant Echo Fox shareholder as well as threats to my family."

"I will not support or be associated with such behaviour and attitudes displayed at the shareholder level," Fox said in an email to shareholders. "Racism is an anathema to what my personal brand strives for and tolerating any form of discrimination such as this is not acceptable."

In an official statement, Echo Fox acknowledged that said shareholder had used racist language on multiple occasions in both email and in person, and that the organization would be moving toward disassociation with them. At the same time, Riot Games announced it was launching an investigation into the matter.

Today, LCS commissioner Chris Greely announced the conclusion of that investigation in a statement from its official Twitter account, in which it demanded the shareholder be removed from association with Echo Fox.

"The LCS has concluded its preliminary investigation into the alleged comments made by a member of the Echo Fox ownership group. Hate speech, threats, and bigotry have no place in the LCS. We have directed Echo Fox to take appropriate corrective action within 60 days.

"If Echo Fox does not take action by removing any individuals whose actions violate League rules and agreements within the required time period, the League will take formal action that may adversely impact the future of Echo Fox in the LCS."

Update May 16, 2019: Echo Fox has provided an additional statement in response to the directive from the LCS:

"We are working with the highest level of urgency to remove the investor from the Echo Fox organization. Our internal timeline has always been shorter than the one announced yesterday by Riot Games, with whom we have been in close communication. Diversity has been a hallmark and point of pride for Echo Fox since our inception and we share Riot's desire to erase intolerance from esports. This is a company made up of amazing staff, talented players, dedicated fans and focused ownership. We will move through these challenges and be stronger for it."

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