League of Legends Cheaters Fined 30K

Riot Games has completed its internal investigation of the allegations that one or more teams may have cheated at this year’s League of Legends tournament, and they’ve meted out some rather steep (sounding) punishment. At issue is the claim that the two giant mini maps put up for the benefit of the live audience were surreptitiously used by two teams – World Elite and Azubu Frost – to get an unfair advantage over their competitors. Riot Games’ investigation has determined that Azubu Frost did indeed cheat – technically, they are guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct – and they’ve issued a fine worth 20% of the team’s tournament winnings, or $30,000.

Riot’s VP of eSports Dustin Beck said “We evaluated these cases based on intent, severity and tangible impact to the course of the game. Based on our investigation, the Azubu Frost incident is the only one where we determined there to be tangible impact; we believe other members of AzF modified their gameplay based upon the information gained. We don’t believe, however, that these actions decided the winner of the game. We take this stuff seriously. Our rules on sportsmanlike conduct are clearly communicated to competitors, and our decisions here are based on those rules. More importantly, this sort of behavior shouldn’t have been possible in the first place, and we recognise that and have taken steps to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future.”

Thanks, gamespot.

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2 Comments on League of Legends Cheaters Fined 30K

JamesX

On October 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Only 20% of their Winning? Is it Total Winning or Winning from that specific tournament?

So if they cheat they can still keep 80% of the winnings…. what is the deterrent to cheating?

Devastator001

On October 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm

@JamesX

Not that I’m supporting cheating, but I guess it’s also factoring in the oversight on how Riot handled the map display. All in all its a decent penalty ( should be a bit more harser like say 50% IMO)

There’s a reason why SC competitors are placed in soundproof booths with no way to see the Map display meant for audiences, same principles there can be applied here