In a just released article stating ”
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.”
This is the first time since the Super Smash Brother that something on this caliber has happened, and ironically the same exact problem. It is disrepectful not only for MLG, but also the organizations that these teams represent, as well as eSports, that these two “Professional” teams would intentionally conspire to influence the results. Also, Riot having agreed with this is impressive as well.
For those that do not know, certain players in the Super Smash Brothers community would split prize money and pre-determine winners for the tournaments. MLG sought it out, and put a harsh stop to it.
MLGLee, just confirmed that it was infact the agreement to split prize money that lead to their decision:
@MrMLGAdam “MLG will award the full prize money ($40,000) to teams ranked 3, 4, 5, 6
The Curse LoL team has posted this video:
“We feel we disrespected eSports and the professionalism that we should have….The Fans deserve a better show, MLG deserves a better show for all the money they put into it, and Riot deserves a better show,they created the game”
MLGLee just tweeted this:
“Also, for the record. Both CRS and DIG players and orgs apologized to
@MLG and to Riot for their conduct.”