It may not be quite the international incident we saw take place when four badminton teams got disqualified at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but when it comes to eSports, the news out of Major League Gaming (MLG) is pretty alarming.
In an official statement released yesterday, MLG announced that it had disqualified the top two teams in the Summer Championship League of Legends Event.
The Major League Gaming (MLG) summer championship events took place this past weekend, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The biggest upset happened in the League of Legends tournament, which found both the first and second place winning teams disqualified and the third and fourth-place teams winning the prize pot in their stead.
Teams Dignitas and Curse played in the final match. Curse won, but the play behavior from Dignitas threw up red flags to observers. According to MLG, the two teams may or may not have agreed for one to throw the game, but both explicitly conspired to split the prize money afterward. As a result, both were disqualified.
Not only, this but one player on the team Curse has admitted that the two teams decided to play the first round of the final match in “All Random, All Mid” style: a variant on the standard League of Legends gameplay that has all players select random champions and fight only in the middle lane.
MLG and League of Legends devs Riot are said to be in agreement over this decision.The statement from MLG reads:
MLG regrets to announce that we will not be awarding 1st or 2nd place finishes for the Summer Championship League of Legends Event. We have determined that there was collusion between the two final teams, Curse NA and Team Dignitas. This is in clear violation of both the letter and spirit of MLG’s Official Pro Circuit Conduct Rules: “competitors may not intentionally forfeit a Game or conspire to manipulate rankings or Brackets. As such, both teams have been disqualified, and no placements or prize money will be awarded.
Riot has agreed with this decision and, in accordance with their Season 2 rules on Unsportsmanlike Conduct, will not be awarding circuit points to either team.
The 3rd and 4th place teams will receive the prize money and Circuit Points they have earned, and all other results stand. No 1st or 2nd place will be awarded for this event.
Both teams have agreed that the disqualification was warranted. While there is some contention over the exact nature of the actions taken by Curse NA and Dignitas which led to the disqualification, both teams, as well as MLG and Riot, agree that any collusion, or anything involving not playing a tournament match to win, warrant’s disqualification.
Since then Adam Apicella, Executive VP of League Operations, tweeted that “MLG will award the full prize money ($40,000) to teams ranked 3, 4, 5, 6.”
Team Curse, meanwhile, issued a personal video statement, in which they apologized to their fans, saying, “Curse and Dignitas basically agreed on an ARAM for the first game… We thought this would-be kind of fun, a play-around game … to have fun! And not a lot of people really appreciated it; our fans didn’t appreciate it… Anything outside of this is false, the accusations are false, and we’d also like to apologize to our fans.”
So what your opinion on all this? Were the teams treated a little too harshly for just having fun while playing their favorite or are the actions of MLG, and Riot justified?
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