Riot fines League of Legends cheaters $30,000

Riot Games has found Korean team Azubu Frost guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct; the team will be fined 20 percent of its winnings; fine to be donated to a Riot Games charity in Korea.

Riot Games has come to a decision concerning cheating allegations on day three of the League of Legends World Playoffs, following an extensive investigation.

Riot Games has issued a fine after investigating cheating allegations.

Writing on the League of Legends forums, Riot vice president of eSports Dustin Beck outlined that Korean team Azubu Frost (AzF) has been found guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct, and will be fined $30,000, a figure representing 20 percent of the team's current tournament winnings.

The fine will be donated to Riot Games' charity in Korea.

Three other teams were issued warnings for unsportsmanlike conduct, and one other team was cleared of any misconduct.

During the investigation, Riot found that AzF 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 his actions yielded benefits for his team in the game. According to Riot's investigation, other members of AzF modified their gameplay based upon the information obtained by AzF Woong.

Riot re-examined photos, videos, and renders of the stage layout to better understand sight lines between the players and the maps placed overhead before coming to a final decision.

"We evaluated these cases based on intent, severity and tangible impact to the course of the game," Beck said. "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."

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111 comments
PotatoSpud
PotatoSpud

You know, some people are saying that "it wasn't their fault", but it really was. Even if he saw it "by accident", he still used the info to his team's advantage and hoped no one would notice. If you're going to be a public icon for people to look up to, I'd rather have someone who prefers a clean fight, and knows that a true 'win' is when the odds are against you, not for you.

 

This really does show character though, and in fact, they should just do this in ALL THE SPORTS. That is, what they should do, is place all the info needed to 'cheat' or have an 'unfair advantage' right behind all the players, and if you can't control yourself and look, then you don't deserve to be a pro and you get the BAN HAMMER. Sportsmanship, it's not just a word you throw around for no reason.

 

:P

tgwolf
tgwolf

Behold and fear the inordinate power of online-only games! This is your final warning!

Sumna87
Sumna87

It looks like Team Rocket is blasting off again!

justin01
justin01

Cheater cheater, pumpkin........... man these guys look like some uber nerds.

soulless4now
soulless4now

First, lol

Second, at least it's going to charity. 

bjornborgue
bjornborgue

The blame should rest with Riot games for setting up monitors where the opposing team could see them.

mhaed
mhaed

They should have taken all winnings from the cheaters. Period. How do you expect them to learn that it's not okay to cheat? Not only do they still get a good amount of money, they get the idea in their head that cheating will only result in partial cuts.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Wait, so they catch them cheating, but only take 20 percent of their winnings?  Why not 100 percent of their winnings?  "Cheating's ok, because we can still win 80 percent of the prize!"  Makes sense.

starduke
starduke

Put blinders on all the competitors!

blackace
blackace

Well, they got caught and paid the ultimate price losing a sizable amount of money. I believe the people who sent up the monitors should also be penalized some funds as well, since it was there fault. I noticed nothing was said about that.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I thought they should be stripped of their winnings as well. But after thinking about it... they were only able to cheat because the event planners placed the crowd-viewing monitors in a position that these players could see them. Had the crowd-monitors been properly installed so no team-players could see them, there  would've been no instances of cheating. So it wasn't completely the fault of the Korean team. I think taking $30,000 is a good enough smack on the hand, considering.

SouljerDGU
SouljerDGU

Do asians always cheat at everything?

de_graph
de_graph

Is it just me or is referring to it as "unsportsmanlike conduct" semi-humorous. I understand it's just terminology used to explain a scenario, but playing video games is not a sport... Because if it was... I and many of you are pretty awesome athletes!

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

They should lose all their winnings, period. You cheat, you get nothing. This should apply to anything where cheating is possible. What's to stop a group from cheating when they know they'll still get something out of it?

ahmed1998
ahmed1998

i don't hate LoL or anything , but dota2 is just way better in everyway...

even in Esport events...the international was much better than riot's "world championship" (he can look at the screen in a championship , what's next ? make an fps championship with split-screen and blame the players ?)

ggregd
ggregd

You cheat in real major league sports like Baseball and you get banned for life.  Same should happen here.  For the people blaming the setup, character and ethics are important to fair competition.  The ease with which one cheats does not mitigate the cheater's culpability.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

The real reason MLG will never be taken seriously.Hardcore gamers are great big d-bags. =PWalk into the early zones of any MMO or game chat on live and PSN. You will see.

SolidTy
SolidTy

They cheated? Well, They are lucky they didn't lose all their winnings.

 

Cheating is wrong, period. A Shame the LOL competition allowed for it so easily.

suplax
suplax

LoL has become a joke , second time a cheater in a worldwide competition.

Starcraft II organization is way better.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

People who are MLG or play video games for $$$ are retards.

Krinnium
Krinnium

and by 'they shouldnt be punished" i meant that it shouldnt have been allowed to happen in the first place. and, the bad setup may also allow other players to look, but noone will ever know if they dont get caught. shield the screens. problem solved. 

Krinnium
Krinnium

I dont think they should have been punished. im not saying it's ok to cheat, but if you can simply look at the enemy team's screen then the setup sucks. period. it would be like not painting sidelines on a football field and calling penalties for going out of bounds. Every player knows they shouldnt look, but the fact that he could means whoever set the match up did a bad job. 

xavvor1
xavvor1

Wow they should get DQ man no justice done none!

Leeric420
Leeric420

Was this in the TSM match? Another classy riot games move, this is why i stopped playing their game. 

colt_a
colt_a

Riot charged them with 'unsportsmanlike conduct' when it was clearly cheating.  That way they wouldn't have to DQ the Asian teams and lose that market plain and simple.

 

In the tourney before, with NO evidence, two teams were DQ'd and lost all prize and circuit points for POSSIBLE collusion on who wins/loses.  Someone legitimately cheats?  Well, 30,000 dollars out of a million is okay.

 

Riot is a terrible eSports company and their last two years of Season 1 / 2 championships have been riddled with drama and overall bad calls.  If you want to watch MOBA eSports, just watch DotA 2.  Valve has integrity.

therealFrek
therealFrek

Notice how a lot of posters are placing the blame on the set-up rather than on the cheating. I find that very interesting. What ever happened to cheating is wrong?

 

It's the exact same logic being thrown around here that has led to criminals being able to sue the victims because they hurt themselves while trying to break into their house.

 

Guess we live in an age where it's actually starting to be "wrong" to call a cheater a cheater.

bsnimunf
bsnimunf

Its a bit like when you played golden eye and you accused your friend of cheating for looking at your side of the split screen.

zilcher
zilcher

Off with their heads.

samuel27950
samuel27950

I think one reason they didn't do a harsher penalty is because three other teams did the same thing.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Fined the un-rightful winners then 'donated' the money to their own charity...

 

Hmmm!

blackothh
blackothh

so let me get this straight.....the players were put within sight range of the screen that showed the match? someone should be fired for that stupid decision

bredal187
bredal187

Wack, should be banned from entering any tournaments!

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

they should be banned & stripped of what they won....

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Doesn't taking the fine out of their WINNINGS kinda defeat the point of the whole thing?

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

The reason they haven't been disqualified is because a significant amount of the blame can be placed on Riot itself.  Live and learn.  

 

Personally, when it comes to competition, short of directly hacking a game, all's fair imo.  If one team had the creativity to use their environment against the other team, kudos to them.

Curzad
Curzad

They shouldn't have to change the layout. Just like at school, keep your eyes on your own paper.

electro57
electro57

They should have been forced to play RE6 as punishment.

ratchet200
ratchet200

I agree that they should have been disqualified but surely Riot could have designed the layout better so that they couldn't look at their oppononets positions.

Dsolow5
Dsolow5

if you took it seriously, you wouldn't make such a horribly designed tournament in the first place

 

and upon discovering a cheating team, you'd disqualify them, not fine them 20% of their winnings

 

LoL is a joke

tightwad34
tightwad34

Ha ha, this is the next step to MLG becomming on par with the NFL, MLB, and the NBA. Why do you ask? Well, because all the other sports I have mentioned fine their employees for all sorts of things. Maybe the powers that be for MLG can come up with  more ways to fine the players so they can compete with the big boys. With that, I comepletely agree with the punishment, just maybe not the amount.

kawaiiflonne
kawaiiflonne

I agree with everyone, they should of been kicked out of the tournament, for the weakest penalty, worst never let them into the Tournament again.

ziminaiman
ziminaiman

I love MOBA games, but this kind of weak punishment hurts all MOBA in e-sports. I would hope that if this happened in SC with another player looking at the big monitor that they would be disqualified. They got fined 1/5th of what they won through cheating. That's a horrible precedent to set when RTS players are looking down on us. 

SouL-Tak3R
SouL-Tak3R

Why don't they put them in a better spot so that can't happen?

iagbas
iagbas

ban cheaters from tournament lol.

Darnasian
Darnasian

They should've been disqualified imo

KleenexK
KleenexK

They shouldn't make it possible for them to even look at the stage screens... Keep each team in their separate boxes underneath the stage screen. If anyone has seen TI2, you'll know what I mean. As for the korean's, regardless of this one mistake they are a team with talent no doubt.

jaboc7
jaboc7

I approve of this outcome.  It's amazing to be watching the Esports scene as it deals with these issues and tries to mature into a legitimate organization.  Personally I'm really enjoying all the professional SC2 and LOL that is out there these days.