The fine comes for the team failing to abide by German employment rules when handing out contracts. An internal investigation by Riot back in March revealed that Origen had given both its substitute players and head coach contracts that didn’t comply with agreements for social security, taxes, and healthcare that are mandatory for companies operating in Germany.
The fine imposed by Riot totals $10,706 and has been delivered for failing to establish proper payment structures, in addition to three counts of improper employment. According to Riot, since Origen was contacted, the organisation have complied with Riot’s requests and established a proper payment structure.
It’s been a bad time for Origen. The team were relegated on April 13 after finishing their season without a single series win to their name, which is a fall from grace for a team that was widely considered to be one of the better teams in the EU LCS over the past few years. In a promotion streak directly afterwards, they failed to get a win in even a single game of two best-of-five series against Misfits Academy and Giants.