Quick non-MMO note for today. Recently Riot wanted to ban their professional players from showing/playing competing games on their streams. After some uproar, they have backed away from this somewhat.
e-Sports are still in their infancy right now, but I believe they have a solid future. The last LoL championship was not only highly viewed, but also well produced and overall interesting to watch. As the sport matures, issues like the one above will come up.
And let’s make no mistake about it; what Riot initially proposed is pretty standard stuff in sports. When you sign a contract, that contract often limits you in many ways. Most professional sports players for instance can’t engage in ‘high risk’ activities like skydiving, or other professional sports (unless the contract is specifically modified, which has been the case in the past).
Professional sports are, first and foremost, a business, and in business you protect your assets and the business itself. Riot isn’t in the business of giving other games/companies free advertising off the players they pay to play their game. I would not be surprised if down the road, this issue is revisited and ultimately the ban comes back.