Top two League of Legends teams disqualified in MLG Summer Championship

Teams Curse NA and Team Dignitas disqualified for violating code of conduct; players denied their share of the prize pool.

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North American eSports organisation Major League Gaming (MLG) has concluded its League of Legends Summer Championship event with the disqualification of the game's top two teams.

The grand final saw teams Curse NA and Team Dignitas battle it out in an unorthodox manner, choosing to play an All Random, All Middle (ARAM) format. However, in an official news post issued by MLG, the teams were disqualified for "collusion," after the teams allegedly agreed to split the prize money. The eSports organisation determined the action to be in violation of the official code of conduct.

Both teams will not be receiving any points to carry on to the North American Regionals and have been denied their share of the prize pool, which totalled $40,000. The money will instead be awarded to the teams placing third and fourth.

Following the announcement, various members of the teams issued apologies on Twitter and YouTube.

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cephas90
cephas90

So glad to see someone get their hand caught in the cookie jar.  What an absolute shame to all those who don't cheat.

Zzombielemur
Zzombielemur

Whatever. To me this isn't news. Couldn't care less. Lance Armstrong getting torn apart for doping in an industry where you either dope and win or don't and lose, that's news. Also an interesting starting point to discuss sports in our society, and the expectations we have of athletes. This LOL situation is a cut and dry issue. Not interesting.

Taasi23
Taasi23

Huh. I guess MLG's rigidity isn't just screwing over fighting game players any more. So nice to see them broadening their horizons. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESPORTS!

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

the game is not that really competitive compared to other moba games out there.. no wonder pro players are resulting into this kind of schemes 

icebox53
icebox53

i personally enjoyed the aram match...but still there are other viewers who dont like aram or dont want to waste their time watching aram...i think the punishment was harsh but it will make an example to others

boixwunder
boixwunder

A little harsh i thought. The whole giving it too the other teams does not make sense either.  I feel like the MLG did not know what to do with the situation thus, disqualification is the easy way to go.  The whole thing is just, huh?

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

I think the most interesting thing here is that I actually cared enough to click...

Setzera
Setzera

So.. they wanted to split the pot, they were disqualified.. but then they split the prize money between 2 other teams?  Sounds hypocrytical to me.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I wonder if any of them use steroids. I mean steroids for gamers, I wonder what that would be.....

shinchan0s
shinchan0s

They didn't decide to "share" the prize money. They chose to get a guaranteed payout.  Ban 'em for life.

Llama345
Llama345

You think this is collusion? No way Neil O'Donnell would have had to thrown 2 interceptions to Larry Brown. 

megakick
megakick

It would be like if the Lakers and the Celtics in a playoff game decided not play basketball and play horse instead :/

Scarab83
Scarab83

Everyone is calling it poor sportsmanship, when it's the exact opposite. Competitive-minded people are fucking bizarre.

SentToStrike
SentToStrike

It's a shame about the outcome because essentially it's a really nice gesture. Imagine how much better off everyone would be if we were willing to share more.I guess that it is a competitive sport  though, so there can be only one winner.

disco_dan
disco_dan

I guess the problem lies in that it's a spectator sport as well with advertisers so they need or want to keep the passion, the fight and the intensity of a final. It's allowed at most poker tables but in cases it's not it's so that there can be no accusations of collusion which is always in bad sportsmanship.

elancion
elancion

  all mid matches can be pretty intense,especially going random. you can't go back and purchase items till someone kills you,mometum can shift from 1 team to the other more frequently then ur typical sf 5v5. cant forget the health generators  and denying ur opponent from getting it before ur teamate does etc.

elancion
elancion

i want to give a special shot out to dota 2 while im here. : )

CieloPerso
CieloPerso

Why is the tournament in Raleigh? I know that Epic & Red Storm are nearby, but... whatever. Raleigh Sucks.

Relikvata
Relikvata

I don't see what's the big fuzz about. They decided to have some fun, take the pressure off. And since this news, the attention to LoL jumped even higher. Alright, LoL has 11 million users per month, largest prize pool in history of "eSports" - fair enough, but let them have some fun. Oh, the users paid for their subscription, they deserve a show? What can I say when GSL in South Korea get's a PvP final match, before 1.4 patch?- super short games, 4 gate vs 4 gate....and 5 in a row...uhuuu, how exciting.

Ringx55
Ringx55

Well can't say that this doesn't make sense. I think any formal tournament has this rule in place.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Could be classed as match fixing, should have checked it before making the deals... Hopefully that's why they were banned and not just because everyone sees this form of gaming to be some sort of "elite profession" that can't allow teams to have fun...

On the other hand I don't really care to watch other people playing... Gaming should be fun even with competative play.

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

Competition organizers want MLG to actually be "professional" like other legit sports. The top two teams, who had already secured the first two spots by competing and winning decide together to enjoy this high-level competition by playing an unorthodox game. They agreed to split the prize because they didn't want money to get in the way of game.

Maybe it's because I don't watch or follow any MLG stuff, but this just sounds like two teams of great competitors coming together in good spirits to enjoy a battle. Granted it's unheard of (or impossible because most MLSports teams are ALREADY paid, win or loose) for legit sports to do this, but I fail to see why they were DQed.

They fought in the competition and beat everyone else. This proves that they were at the top of their game. They didn't agree that one team or the other would win, and I'm sure they both wanted to beat the other. They just decided to take the "serious" out of it and play a game they loved the way they wanted. Sound like an unheard of level of good sportsmanship; it's all about playing the game.

Of course, since no other legit sport would do this MLG decided "esports" can't either. Thus, they've preserved the stuffy attitude all competitive sports have. "Collusion" is an agreement to to LIMIT OPEN COMPETITION by defrauding or gaining an unfair advantage. Please explain to me how they did this. They already beat the other teams legally. They knew one of them was going to win, and played to win. They just did it on their own terms.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

I couldn't keep a straight face. Code of conduct. . hah.I guess the MLG was desperate for a scandal to fit in with real sports. 

anigmha
anigmha

Could someone please explain what "All Random, All Middle" means and what this has to do with the disqualification? I get that agreeing to split the pot prior (emphasis on prior) to the game is definitely collusion but why was there mention of "ARAM"?

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

It's really disappointing when you think about all the time and effort all the players and teams put into competing in this tournament only to have the finalists not take it seriously in the championship match. They pissed on all the other teams, the fans, the league organizers and the game itself. It's disgraceful. 

derek_brown
derek_brown

AS DYRUS SAID "TSMTSMTSMTSMTSMTSMTSMTSMTSMTSMTSM'

Uruca
Uruca

I didn't even manage to watch that shitty MLG stream.

DubYew
DubYew

People don't watch MLG to see the best players play for fun, they watch MLG to see the best players compete at the highest levels of gaming.

impossibleone
impossibleone

Let me get this straight so a pro team that splits prize money with another team is disqualified right? However if say a pro team goes to another pro team house which many MLG Halo Pro teams do right before the MLG tournament then that is not grounds for disqualification? This is just like what happened to MewTwoKing and the whole Super Smash Brothers Brawl scandal.

Dixavd
Dixavd

I can totally understand why they did it. To stay in the top teams you have to basically put your entire life into it, meaning that for some of them prize money is the only money that they get for entire months at a time. So if they could guarantee that they would get some money out of it (even if they let themselves only have the chance to get half of it) then I can see why they would agree to it.

 

I wonder what would have happened if they didn't pre-plan it and instead the winning side simply decided to give the other team half the money once they recieved it?

hickabickabooya
hickabickabooya

Well, now teams 3 and 4 know the joy of winning by default!

xGr4ffitix
xGr4ffitix

All our lives, adults teach us how to share, and when we grow up and finally figure it out, we lose everything. Ain't that a shame? Lol.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @Llama345

 I don't think his name was Larry Brown, but I know what you are saying.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @Scarab83

 I love sports, but myself am not competitively minded. They aren't really bizzre, at least to me, just a bit crazy.

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

 @anigmha What it means is that they all "Randomed Champions" or just clicked the Random "?" button to get a random Champions to play as. The all mid, is based on how there are 3 lanes on the LoL map. It means that all 5 champions from both teams just meet in the middle lane and fight there the entire time. 

 

It is kind of a side game many people will play, when they don't want to do a serious real one.

Rovelius
Rovelius

 @anigmha

 It's a rule people agree to where both teams stick to the middle lane for the whole game.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @Uruca Hipster go watch man  pay 5 dollars for sub fees for a chat

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

 @DubYew I'd rather just play the game. Watching try hards and OCDs get down on a game isn't what I qualify as fun.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

 @Dixavd It's not simply that they agreed to split the money, but they basically said, "Hey, win or lose we get the same amount of money, so instead of playing serious we'll select random characters and have a deathmatch in the middle instead of playing the game normally."

 

While comedic, it's not what you would expect to see in a professional finals match.  It would be like buying tickets to the Superbowl and seeing both teams decide to just punt the ball every play to see who scores first.

anigmha
anigmha

 @Kashmiro @Rovelius  Thanks for clearing that up, guys. Agreeing to split the prize money before the winner was determined is bad enough, but watching an ARAM match instead of a high-level real one made it worse. MLG and Riot did the right thing in penalizing these teams.

DubYew
DubYew

Doesn't fit my definition of fun either, that's why I don't watch. That doesn't change the fact that a lot of people do watch this stuff (and actually take it seriously) that advertisers and sponsors get involved, and money is paid out to the "best" players. If there was no money involved, nobody would care.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

 @Techn1c4l  @xGr4ffitix They teach us to be fair and then cheaton tax forms, use loopholes, break all kinds of laws while athletes do steroids and stars often lip sink.The world sure is something when you get past the parental bull.I'm still reeling from Santa claus not being real. 

jaspermur
jaspermur

 @ssj2los  @Master_Vexov  @dogman7  @Techn1c4l  @xGr4ffitix

 unlike Capt Kirk, they don't get to change the rules of game. Which is see who is best. You going to serious tell me, they are not going to slack off because both sides know they getting a share of two pots of money. Unsportsmanlike sometimes equal cheating.

Master_Vexov
Master_Vexov

 @ssj2los  @dogman7  @Techn1c4l  @xGr4ffitix

 I don't see the problem, so long as they play to win; Its not like they paid off someone to lose. Well not like I care for MLG or LOL:LoL, but still I can't see why this was a problem... if it really was they would all be banned from all future MLG games.

ssj2los
ssj2los

 @dogman7  @Techn1c4l  @xGr4ffitix It's unsportmanship to the rest of the teams... For the two top teams to SHARE the winnings is as if they were all one team to begin with. It defeats the purpose of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. And if they allowed it once, theyd have to allow it in the future... and could you imagine if all the winning teams did this for all the other tournaments? Lebron James and Kevin Durant couldnt both hoist up the champion trophy at the end of the 2012 NBA championship. Teams only share winnings in games, MLG is trying to be a sport. And in Sports there is only 1 champion.