UK League Chat (Ep. 42) – LOLPros, Prodigy & Off-season – ft. Crane

Welcome to UK League Chat, a podcast focused on the UK League of Legends scene. Listen in to get the views of experts from the scene, from Esports journalists to the players themselves, on tournaments such as the NLC, UKLC and EU Masters.

This episode sees Lee and Tom joined by LOLPros Founder and Prodigy Talent Manager & Player Agent Nick “Crane” Turberville, who spoke about his route into Esports and move into management, ultimately leading to the creation of the now-widely used LOLPros site.

Also on the agenda was his role within Prodigy Agency, including negotiating with shady organisations and thoughts on shady agents and their potential to push unhealthy salary growth.

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:00:54 – Crane’s journey in Esports
00:15:45 – Thoughts on the UK scene / more UK staff than players
00:26:18 – Starting LOLPros & recent growth
00:39:00 – Why are there no LOLPros copycats?
00:42:47 – How would ERLs look without LOLPros?
00:48:17 – Joining Prodigy Agency and Crane’ role
00:51:51 – Shady organisations & taking advantage of players’ just wanting to play
00:56:04 – Would LoL benefit from a Bosman rule?
01:02:15 – “Guaranteed” contracts
01:04:40 – Are organisations against working with agents?
01:08:06 – Unhealthy salary growth
01:14:43 – Should agents be regulated?
01:21:52 – Viewership vs commercial growth
01:27:54 – Closing

This episode features:
Lee “Couple Sodi Pops” Jones – NineTeeSix Founder / Esports Journalist – @NTS_LeeJones
Tom Daniels – Esports Insider Sub-editor – @TheTomDaniels
Nick “Crane” Turberville – LOLPros founder / Prodigy Talent Manager & Player Agent – @CraneLoL

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