Riot addresses issues at League of Legends playoffs

[UPDATE] VP of eSports says cheating allegations and connection issues made up a "disappointing" day at the World Playoffs; company continuing to investigate; finals to now take place October 10 at 5 p.m.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Beck announced on the League of Legends forums that the tournament's finals will take place tomorrow, October 10, at beginning at 5 p.m. PDT.

"We’re going to be broadcasting from the same venue our World Finals are taking place, the Galen Center, and the players will be competing in a backstage area while we set up the main stage for Saturday," Beck wrote. "Players will be separated with no visibility of the opposing team. Due to the quick turnaround, we unfortunately won’t be hosting a live audience.

The original story follows below

Riot vice president of eSports Dustin Beck has sounded off on cheating allegations and connection issues that rocked day three of the League of Legends World Playoffs. Writing on the League of Legends forums, Beck called the day "disappointing," adding that steps are being made to remedy issues moving forward.

Day three was a tough one for Beck and Riot.

"In hindsight, the potential visibility of minimap screens for players was a mistake," Beck wrote. "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."

Beck added that Riot is re-examining photos, videos, and renders of the stage layout to better understand sight lines between the players and the maps placed overhead.

"We’re taking it a step further moving forward to completely ensure the screens aren’t visible to players," he said.

Beck also addressed the connection issues that marred day three of the tournament. He lamented it happening, and added that Riot is taking steps to find better solutions.

"We had a string of issues including a power failure, and two Internet connectivity incidents we are continuing to investigate," Beck said. "It sucks that this happened, but we’re going to dive deep into the root cause to see if there are any other redundancies that could safeguard against this in the future."

For more, check out Beck's full statement.

Discussion

21 comments
BladeStrike1234
BladeStrike1234

Congrats, Riot. eSports was making ground but its a joke yet again.

xboxkane
xboxkane

simple solution, put the competing teams in separate booths. I believe i saw that being done in Starcraft tournaments and I think I saw it in some Asian league of legends tournaments as well.

dzoni87
dzoni87

I live for the day when E-sport games' developers will start to bring LAN support back. I mean, if these connection issues aren't proving anything, i dont know what else  will.

And as for minimap issues... well, as for anything that is made and organized by human, someone will always try to find the way to exploit whatever measures put. It is in human nature.

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

Big Riot and LoL fan, but I find this incredibly stupid oversight very entertaining. It's really not that hard to arrange things so the audience can see the minimaps but the players cannot. I lol'd LoL. It's like this event was run by the government or something.

Nick_Fury_Shine
Nick_Fury_Shine

 Ok cheating is bad we get it. How about you explain that to the participants and maybe teach them the value of honor and fair play ?

 Oh right you can't, because the rest of the world, just like you, is bread and told that if they see a downed person they should kick him in the face and take the money he has. An exploit is a hero's gift after all.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Anyone comparing this to "real" sports seem to be forgetting reality. Something goes wrong with Esports, the problem is fixed within a week. Something goes wrong in "real" sports, we suffer through the season with a stupid rule and it doesn't get fixed until next year, if we're lucky. Unless you're the NFL and get embarrassed on national TV....

Rorschach120
Rorschach120

For a game that is riddled with lag spikes I am surprised they didn't have some sort of tournament LAN build ready. I will instantly go from ~50ms to ~6000ms right as I approach enemies. I have friends who I play with who have the same problem so it's not my connection.

 

As far as mini-map cheating off of the big screen goes, that would be the lamest thing a team could do. If they have evidence that someone did that, their whole team should be disqualified. That is just shameful.

Uruca
Uruca

This is why we can't have Esports on Tv.

Olympics : "sorry guys, we have a problem, we'll have to delay the games to next week."

Gj Riot.

BeateDrabing
BeateDrabing

I hate when connection issues get in the way of a NFL came. Still, Romo and Bryant do have connection issues, so I guess thats one way to see it.

Matt6411
Matt6411

Had to have refs and security cameras when they could just string up some big black curtains? I think their people were over-thinking the problem.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Cheating in video games? *gasp*

Ziberg
Ziberg

I love League of Legends but this is kind of embarrasing

xavvor1
xavvor1

I was piss because on that day I was busy and was thought to for sure miss the M5 vs TPA match up but I'm so glad things turn out like this LOL but yea cheating sucks.

SolidTy
SolidTy

If at once you don't succeed, try, try again.

Fiscaldeal
Fiscaldeal

The scene is still in its infancy. Live and learn.

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

I guess you've never seen an NFL game delayed because of the replay system, or a combat sports competitor drop out due to injury...a golf tournament postponed due to lightning?