Riot Issues Fine For Season 2 League of Legends World Playoff Cheaters

Riot Games has issued a final determination on those teams they alleged cheated this past weekend in the third day of the Season 2 League of Legends World Playoff Matches. Riot has concluded that Korean team Azubu Frost is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct and will be fined 20 percent of its winnings. The fine will be donated to a Riot Games charity in Korea.

Issuing a statement on the League of Legends forums, Riot vice president of eSports Dustin Beck wrote that that Korean team Azubu Frost (AzF) has been found guilty of "unsportsmanlike conduct," and will be fined $30,000, or 20 percent of the team's current tournament winnings. Three other teams were issued official warnings for their conduct, and one team was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Riot's investigation found that that AzF player Woong had violated the rules by looking at the stage screens displaying the opposing team's minimap during game 1 of quarterfinal number 3, and that this action helped his team. Other team members altered their gameplay behavior based on that information, according to Riot.

"We evaluated these cases based on intent, severity and tangible impact to the course of the game," Beck wrote. "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, he continued. "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 recognize that and have taken steps to ensure it doesn't happen in the future."

Source: GameSpot

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    lordlundar says:

    Yeah, on his video feed TotalBiscuit, who has been doing commentary for similar tournaments, had said that the setup for this one was horribly designed. It didn't even require any obvious effort to to see the minimap. A person acting like they were stretching could view it.

    Honestly, the tournament should be redone because I seriously think both sides were cheating throughout the tournament but most were never caught. It was a mess from the start.

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    silversnowfox says:

    The screen was in plain view, all you had to do was turn your head to the left or right (depending on which team you were on) and a little up.  Riot made a very big mistake in their setup (easily correctable with…. say…. some cardboard boxes even.

    The situation is a loose loose for them.  People have been calling for a complete redo of the World Championships due to concerns over screen looking and technical issues.  It's been quite a mess.

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    Technogeek says:

    I thought this had been explained in an earlier article, but apparently not. Here's a quote from Riot Games VP of eSports Dustin Beck (by way of Gamespot) that explains the problem:

    In hindsight, the potential visibility of minimap screens for players was a mistake. Despite on-site referees, close monitoring of player cams backstage, and stage design that ensured players would have to turn more than 90 degrees to be able to catch a glimpse of the minimaps, even the possibility of unfair play was simply unacceptable. We’re taking steps to ensure the minimap screens are not visible to players.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    "Riot's investigation found that that AzF player Woong had violated the rules by looking at the stage screens displaying the opposing team's minimap…"

    The stage screens were in full view of the playing teams or Woong went for a walk?


    Andrew Eisen

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