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.”