LVO 2018: Interview with Marc Merril and Alex Fennell

Reecius front Frontline Gaming interviews Marc Merrill, co-founder of Riot Games, makers of League of Legends, and Alex Fennell who received a $5,000 sportsmanship award from Marc during the Las Vegas Open 2018 and how that grew into a $15,000 donation to a children’s hospital!

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3 Responses to “LVO 2018: Interview with Marc Merril and Alex Fennell”

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    Tacitus March 1, 2018 11:30 am #

    Hey Reecius!

    Just commenting to state my support for how very professionally I feel frontlinegaming is handling this whole issue.

    Warhammer is, and has always been, a game with a certain level of “gentlemans agreement” between the players. It has also been a game with no “DM” or judge for everything but rogue trader ( and not really even then).

    I am appreciating the maturity and sincerity in which you guys are addressing a very difficult issue in the (quite large) “grey” area of the game and looking forward to how the LVO and other tournaments will more formally resolve issues such as this.

    • Reecius
      Reecius March 1, 2018 1:59 pm #

      Hey, thanks very much for the kind words, Tacitus! Much appreciated.

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    Matthew Bombard May 30, 2018 4:41 pm #

    I think it should also be mentioned that in situations where a player may say something like, “oh, I forgot to do this last phase, can I just go back and blah blah blah”, it not only puts the opponent on the spot to agree under penalty of coming off as having a bad attitude, it is also unwittingly encouraged by a lot of Tournament scoring rules where you are asked to weigh in on sportsmanship.

    People may agree to allowing a fudge because they are after those points, although the two things should not be relevant to each-other.

    I don’t have any ideas how to address this, but simply putting, “rank your opponent on sportsmanship 1-5, this score shouldn’t reflect rule adherence, etc…” may not be enough to get players to speak up.

    In a way, sportsmanship scores may potentially be hurting a player’s internal enjoyment because of the pressure to do things out of character or, like Geoff said, shut down a player who may be trying to play fast and loose.

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