By Eric Callahan 30/08/2012 8 Comments

At the recent MLG summer championship tournament, two of the better teams on the roster decided to be less than intelligent for the day. The tournament itself was in the finals, with the top two teams ready to do battle for a prize pool of $32,000. The two teams in question, Curse NA and Diginitas had plans that wound up falling outside what everyone was expecting.

 

The first thing that occurred to clue people in that the finals may be less than authentic is that the two teams decided to forego the normal best of 3 match play and instead settle it in a single game of ARAM. (All Random, All Middle – an alternate League of Legends format popular in the casual rooms) This decision on its own did not violate MLG rules, and seeing as the teams said it was to ‘entertain the fan’s they were given the green light the unique choice. When professional teams are willing to play something in a casual manner as opposed to the proper way, this is a red flag as MLG would soon reveal.

 

However, this game would not come to be due to what was discovered by the MLG staff not long after the agreement. The two teams were working in collusion with an agreement to split the prize pool regardless of who won the actual match, and this is something MLG frowns upon. After some deliberation by staff the two teams were disqualified from the summer championship, had their share of the prize pool rescinded, and will not be earning any points in the North American MLG circuit. While this may seem a bit harsh, I support both the disqualifications and prizes being rescinded. If they aren’t willing to play it out for it, then they shouldn’t get it.

 

The Major League Gaming staff made it clear that both teams at least saw the error of the ways (more like admit to being caught,) by agreeing their disqualifications were warranted. While the exact reasons these two teams took these actions is still under scrutiny, it provided an opportunity to show the result of teams attempting to rig games. MLG and Riot agreed on the disqualifications, and it is clear they wanted to make a statement to other players that any form of collusion is unacceptable and will be dealt with.

 

Both teams have already posted apologies to Riot, Major League Gaming, and to their respective fans, but did not shine any light on why they thought agreeing to split was acceptable. Team Curse even went as far as to provide a video as their apology, saying they feel as though they disrespected the fans and the companies with their actions. Well, of course you did.

 

The silver lining of this though can be found looking at the larger picture of Esports as a genre itself. After all, the Esports genre is still struggling to take off in America and Riot is one of the foremost financial backers. Riot and the MLG staff obviously want people to take Esports seriously, as can be seen by the amount of prize money Riot pours into these tournaments. While it is nowhere near the amount as would be found in other professional leagues, it still isn’t chump change when you consider it’s for what most non-fans consider a waste of time: a video game. So when it comes to rigging, it makes sense to respond with disqualifications. After all, history already shows us just how serious sports rigging is as I can think of a few other professional sports that had a bad case of it in their past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments:
  1. “The first thing that occurred to clue people in that the finals may be less than authentic is that the two teams decided to forego the normal best of 3 match play and instead settle it in a single game of ARAM.”

    It was a best of 5 match.

    It wasn’t supposed to be settled by a single game of ARAM, there’s no way it could have been. It was a best of 5 – they simply played the first match as an ARAM.

    You don’t even know how many games were played in the finals, yet somehow you know which of the allegations made were true, and are quite happy to form judgemental opinions of the players involved on that shoddy premise.

    Is this supposed to be some form of journalism?

  2. Are you really this desperate to put something out ?
    I really wish I could report this as flaming and slander
    You twisted words and statements to your liking not to what they actaully are.
    FYI.both teams dig/curse said they were sorry for ARAM and there was NO collusion no splitting money etc..
    Where MLG failed to give proof of collusion(said they had proof but cant show)
    the only proof is that they ate together and if I’m not mistaken they said in all chat or something lets do ARAM not LET’s split the prize
    so shush loser guy who writes shit cuz the truth doesn’t give that much attention cuz you can’t write for shit

  3. A) The ARAM was not approved by MLG nor given the green light or anything of the sort.

    B) I still hold that the “Collusion” could be refering to the ARAM and be considered legitimate since “match fixing” is defined by MLG as collusion to alter the match and while they didn’t alter the final out come necessarily they did indeed alter the match itself without the consent of MLG possibly altering the final outcome.

    C) MLG’s statement that they had agreed to split the pot has still never been proven.

  4. I find it absolutely appalling that this trash is allowed to be published. For anyone reading it, I truly hope that you have a brain and can think for yourself and look objectively and see the bias in the article. Both teams have issued official statements regarding the issue and neither admit to anything other than agreeing to play an ARAM for the first match. The fact of the matter is that MLG was pissed that their finals match was being taken lightly and wanted to punish the teams for not taking it seriously. They claimed to have “evidence” to support their allegations against the teams for colluding with one another to split the prize pool and fix the matches. To this very day, they have not provided ANY proof whatsoever to back up their claims. I think it is extremely disheartening to see the teams names tarnished because of false articles such as this one.

  5. From MLG site-Players AGREED with them that DQ was warranted so yes, in fact they must be substantial proof- :
    MLG regrets to announce that we will not be awarding 1st or 2nd Place finishes for the Summer Championship League of Legends Event. We have determined that there was collusion between the two final teams, Curse NA and Team Dignitas. This is in clear violation of both the letter and spirit of MLG’s Official Pro Circuit Conduct Rules: “competitors may not intentionally Forfeit a Game or conspire to manipulate Rankings or Brackets.” As such, both teams have been disqualified, and no placements or prize money will be awarded.

    Riot has agreed with this decision and, in accordance with their Season 2 rules on Unsportsmanlike Conduct, will not be awarding Circuit points to either team.

    The 3rd and 4th Place teams will receive the prize money and Circuit Points they have earned, and all other results stand. No 1st or 2nd Place will be awarded for this event.

    Both teams have agreed that the disqualification was warranted. While there is some contention over the exact nature of the actions taken by Curse NA and Dignitas which led to the disqualification, both teams, as well as MLG and Riot, agree that any collusion, or anything involving not playing a tournament match to win, warrants disqualification.

    None of the parties involved, especially the teams, are happy about this occurrence, because they all take League of Legends eSports very seriously.

  6. Why everyone is so butthurt here when I reported what G4TV.com did is a further clarification of nonsportmanship actions- the players have a video apologizing and heres a quote. So Cowboy up and dont blmae the messenger as it is what was in the news- and the sources are linked:
    The top two League of Legends teams were disqualified at the MLG Summer Championship for collusion. Team Curse NA and Team Dignitas had already secured the top spots going in to the grand final but instead of choosing to play out the games in a standard manner they made two very bad decisions.

    The two teams first raised eyebrows when they chose to play in the unconventional format of All Random, All Middle, to “entertain fans” rather than play in a traditional format that is normally seen in tournament play. What made matters worse was that the teams allegedly agreed to split the prize money of $32,000 regardless of who won the match.

    According to Major League Gaming, this clearly violated MLG’s Official Pro Circuit Conduct Rules which state, “competitors may not intentionally Forfeit a Game or conspire to manipulate Rankings or Brackets.” Riot Games, developer of League of Legends, agreed with MLG’s ruling and as a result, MLG disqualified both teams, denied them all of their prize money, and announced that both teams will not be receiving any Circuit Points towards the North American Regionals.

    “Both teams have agreed that the disqualification was warranted. While there is some contention over the exact nature of the actions taken by Curse NA and Dignitas which led to the disqualification, both teams, as well as MLG and Riot, agree that any collusion, or anything involving not playing a tournament match to win, warrants disqualification,” said MLG.

  7. I do not usually comment when its obvious of flaming and mob mentality. The players have issued massive apologies and really their names could have been BANNED or them blocked from further competition in League of Legend eSports. I think its unfortunate that when the links for resources are there, as well as a reporter having an opinion, that it is met with such rabid response.
    this is journalism, reporting what happened. They knew the rules and both players say- according to the definition in the rules- the were technically quilty of collusion. So why blame the journalist when its on G4 and about 20 sites, incluidng youtube. I think the players throwing away thousands of dollars when others play by the rules and couldve been in their places is more crime than anything. They were lucky they were not banned and names retired. Rules are rules, and cry foul here as much as you want- the reporter didnt break any rules in having an opinion.

  8. Ask Lance Armstrong about his millions of dollars the rumors as other cyclists reported they SAW him doping. His blood was clean. He is fighting as he wasnt wrong.
    These palyers didnt fight, they issued public apologies supporting the decision as they were trying to ensure they could play again.

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