The Danish esports org Astralis has officially been fined, a pretty measly $5,000, after an investigation revealed that they were failing to pay their players and for the actions of their team’s general manager. The investigation was launched after multiple members of the Astralis team reached out to the league to log a complaint about the failure to get paid. The LEC investigation eventually found that the missing payments were due to just crossed lines and human error, so it was deemed to not be a malicious series of events. However, that is not the only thing that led to Astralis being fined.
The investigation also found that “the Astralis GM exhibited conduct unbecoming of a LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.” This is most likely referring to former GM Martin “Deficio’ Lynge, who left when Astralis was rebranded from the former Origen branding.
There are a few other things that Astralis now also has to do outside of paying the fines, including setting up a way for Team Members to file grievances in the future and having to sit in on “check-up” calls from the league in the 2021 season to make sure no funny business is going down.
While Astralis may not be the biggest League of Legends organization that exists, it’s still important that justice is served for the players of the esports world. The investigation found that this wasn’t an intentional slight, but for an organization that has such a massive CS:GO team, stuff like this just isn’t acceptable. Astralis still has not commented publicly about the LEC’s ruling, and I don’t think they have to, as the fine and the punishments laid down seem to be enough to cover the wrongs that they were found guilty of. But if something like this happens again from the same org, look for a much larger fine and not as nice series of punishments coming the way of Astralis.