Chief Esports Club, one of the most dominant League of Legends teams in the Oceanic circuit, has been found guilty of account sharing by Riot Games.
Following a quick investigation, officials discovered that four members of the team knowingly played on Korean servers during its boot-camp in China last year on accounts they did not own.
Samuel “Spookz” Broadley, Simon “Swiffer” Papamarkos, Quin “Raes” Korebrits, and Bryce “Egym” Paule have been banned for the next two matches in the Oceanic Pro League (OPL). In addition, the team must pay a fine of $1,000 AUD while manager Frank “Sangy” Li must pay $3,000 AUD.
“When a team or player from a professional league travels internationally they can request accounts in order to play on different servers after going through an application process,” explained the developer. “While the Chiefs did apply for accounts for their bootcamp in China in October 2016, they did so within a small margin of time before travel. As a result, they were left without official accounts for the first part of their bootcamp.”
According to an official spokesperson for Chiefs, the team “decided to search for an alternative solution while waiting for Riot accounts” so as to not waste an opportunity for practice. After approaching several people, members of the team ended up playing on the account of Brandon “Claire” Nguyen. The account sharing, though, lasted for only a couple of days because of connection problems.
“We are disappointed by the outcome of the ruling but accept the results of our actions,” said Chiefs in a statement. “This is a first time offence for all our players, and have fully cooperated with Riot to the best of our ability in the investigation despite.”
The banning of four of its starting players comes at a crucial point for the League of Legends team. It will now be fielding stand-ins for the upcoming matches and plans to recover from any damages in its official standings in week 10.