MLG Withholds Top League of Legends Summer Championship Prizes

Major League Gaming announced that it is withholding the prizes and titles for the top two League of Legends teams that played at this weekend’s MLG Summer Championships. The pro gaming league said in a statement that the two teams engaged in acts of "collusion."

"MLG regrets to announce that we will not be awarding 1st or 2nd Place finishes for the Summer Championship League of Legends Event," the company said in a statement. "We have determined that there was collusion between the two final teams, Curse NA and Team Dignitas."

The collusion charge relates to the two teams deciding to play the first round of the final match in "All Random, All Mid" style.

Riot Games, makers of League of Legends, agreed with the MLG's ruling.

"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,'" the company said in an official statement. "As such, both teams have been disqualified, and no placements or prize money will be awarded."

While some in the community are arguing about whether these teams broke the rules, one of the teams has published a video apologizing:

"We feel that we kind of disrespected eSports and the professionalism that it should have," Curse NA’s Brandon 'Saintvicious' DiMarco said. "The fans deserve a better show and MLG deserves a better show… and Riot deserves a better show, because they have put so much money and so much backing time and effort into it. We just really want to say that we’re sorry, and expect better of us in the future."

PC Gamer has more on this story, including some public input on this controversy, in this article. The MLG's official statement can be found here. Curse NA's video apology can be seen to your left.

Source: PC Gamer


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