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.
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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.
"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.