On Saturday, Riot’s Russia branch issued a six month ban to one of their most famous players. Kirill “Likkrit” Malofeyev had gone on his own stream earlier this month and gave rather candid answers to questions regarding the LCL’s problems as a league. Riot RU then issued a statement on his actions.
December 1, 2017, the administration of the Continental League became aware that the player Kirill "Likkrit" Malofeyev violated the regulations of the Continental League, allowing during the Internet broadcast statements that offend the gaming community League of Legends in the CIS, discrediting the business reputation of the company Riot Games and posing a threat to the image League of Legends and the Continental League. (Translated to English from the post on ru.lolesports.com)
As a result of this offense, Malofeyev was banned for six months from any and all Riot based events. Malofeyev’s official response to this was a post on the Russian social media site VKontakte where he promptly retired from playing League of Legends professionally.
Reddit user hyponorus gave what they called a “fast translation” of Malofeyev’s statement in a comment on /r/leagueoflegends.
If anyone was interested what's the cost of answering 10 questions about inside info on my stream - here's the answer: I'm retiring from League. Well, lads. It's time for some adventures. Since 2013 (1st Starladder season) I was loyal Riot's trooper. I love Riot Games and the game they created, I've spent 4 years of my life playing it. I will not lose respect to Riot despite my journey in League has come to an end.
Malofeyev goes on to implore his fans not to give up on Riot or the Russian LoL scene, as he fears it would hurt other players in the region. Malofeyev is one of the LCL’s most high profile players, making a big impression on fans all over the world during Albus Nox Luna’s stunning 2016 Worlds performance.
For more on Malofeyev, you can check out an interview he did with the Rift Herald regarding his season 6 play and his opinions on World of Warcraft.