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E-sports teams disqualified for collusion

E-sports teams disqualified for collusion

The teams agreed on a particular style that they would stick to in the first round of the final.

The top two League of Legends teams at the Major League Gaming (MLG) Summer Championships, Curse NA and Team Dignitas, have been stripped of their titles and prize money after evidence of collusion between the two teams came to light.

At least one player from Curse admitted to agreeing to play the first round of the final in 'All Random, All Mid' style, meaning all players select random champions and fight in the middle lane of the map.

Talking on Twitter however, MLG senior vice-president Lee Chen suggested that there was more to the collusion than this and that the two teams were considering splitting the prize money between them.

As a result of the decision, Dignitas and Curse have been denied prize money totalling $40,000, which will instead be distributed between the teams that placed between third and sixth.

Although not an example of explicit match fixing, esports organisation MLG ruled that the collusion was 'in clear violation of both the letter and spirit' of its pro circuit conduct rules, which state competitors may not intentionally forfeit a game or work together to manipulate rankings and brackets.

'None of the parties involved, especially the teams, are happy about this occurrence, because they all take League of Legends esports very seriously,' said an MLG spokesperson.

League of Legends developer Riot Games agreed with the ruling and as a result will not award any Circuit points to the teams, which allow players to enter the game's global championships. Several spectators have however questioned the decision, stating that they do not believe the game was in any way intentionally forfeited and that both teams still appeared to be playing to win.

The teams themselves have agreed that the disqualification was necessary and have not appealed the decision. Curse issued a video apology for 'disrespecting' esports and acting unprofessionally and Dignitas has stated it will fully investigate the collusion claims.

'Team Dignitas, our members and all of our partners have never, and will never, stand for conduct that disrespects our team values merit, prestige, worth, dignity,' said Team Dignitas managing director Michael O’Dell.

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steveo_mcg 29th August 2012, 09:16 Quote
First Badminton now e-"Sports" will the disrespect never end!

Won't some one think of the children.....
Griffter 29th August 2012, 10:37 Quote
a 2yr ban should be added to this also .
Sloth 29th August 2012, 19:36 Quote
Vidja germs iz srs bzns.

I didn't spectate the game, but the article states that some who did still felt that they were each trying to win and simply agreed to a certain way of playing the game. Without proof that they were going to split the winnings or having a certain team win it seems a little early to take away the prize and "Circuit points". As long as both teams are doing all random, all mid they're both on equal footing.

I would go so far as to say that the match was a lot of fun for both teams and entertaining for the spectators because it's so unique, which is why I really can't stand e-sports. It's a game. Both teams were clearly enjoying it as such yet all they get is punishment.
Griffter 30th August 2012, 09:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
Vidja germs iz srs bzns.

I didn't spectate the game, but the article states that some who did still felt that they were each trying to win and simply agreed to a certain way of playing the game. Without proof that they were going to split the winnings or having a certain team win it seems a little early to take away the prize and "Circuit points". As long as both teams are doing all random, all mid they're both on equal footing.

I would go so far as to say that the match was a lot of fun for both teams and entertaining for the spectators because it's so unique, which is why I really can't stand e-sports. It's a game. Both teams were clearly enjoying it as such yet all they get is punishment.

well take it out of this and change it to any main stream sport, ala soccer... if the striker says "i will not shoot at goal but try and win" during the game is a big no no. cos u affecting the game negatively. not choosing ur best character is also affecting the game. discussing strategies with opponents is also very much colluding. so i think the just taking money away is too little of a penalty myself.
agennazes 30th August 2012, 10:04 Quote
Excellent. Enjoyed the first game but the events were a bit odd. It may be a blatant Wii Sports clone awaits the Ninty fanboys to point this out and gnash their teeth but I bet itll be good fun.
Sloth 30th August 2012, 19:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Griffter
well take it out of this and change it to any main stream sport, ala soccer... if the striker says "i will not shoot at goal but try and win" during the game is a big no no. cos u affecting the game negatively. not choosing ur best character is also affecting the game. discussing strategies with opponents is also very much colluding. so i think the just taking money away is too little of a penalty myself.
I suppose that depends on what you call a negative affect on the game. If not playing a win at all costs no fun allowed game is a negative affect then it's already a lost cause in my mind. Both teams agreed to the same terms and played by them, each still trying their best within the self-imposed rules and most importantly: wanted to do something interesting and fun. Apparently fun isn't allowed if that gets punished.
Stonewall78 30th August 2012, 19:28 Quote
Is this like in "The Wizard" where the guy pulls out the power glove?
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