Esports Integrity Commission Bans Three People Amidst Legends of Runeterra Match-fixing Incident
In an officially released statement yesterday, the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) banned three individuals for 12 months amidst a recently concluded investigation about a match-fixing incident in Legends of Runeterra (LoR).
After receiving an initial report from ESL Asia about an ‘abnormal progression’ of certain participants in the ESL Mobile Open Legends of Runeterra (Ladder 2) tournament, ESIC determined that three individuals colluded in the said tournament.
The individuals in question are Le Hiep, DiaComSuon, and Cuticini. These three individuals used a total of five accounts to commit boosting behavior during the tournament with one of them piloting three accounts while the remaining two operated with one account each.
The match-fixing incident was first noticed by the Vietnamese LoR community with some of them noticing fishy patterns on the accounts used by the colluders — such as the accounts frequently queuing up with each other. They even pointed out a best-of-3 series done in under a minute which is an almost impossible feat considering most matches take 5-10 minutes to complete.
Notable Southeast Asian LoR personalities such as worlds-qualified Blacklist International player Adel Thomas “ADELtrocity” Maranan and Team Space’s Chang “JadeDragonSS” Kai quickly reacted with the ESIC announcement.
— ADELtrocity (@ADELtrocityLOR) July 6, 2021
Boosting /match fixing in lor tourneys .oof . https://t.co/pDUZBDCq44ADVERTISEMENT
— Space JadeDragonSS (@JadeDragonSS) July 6, 2021
In a private Esports Inquirer interview, JadeDragonSS described the match-fixing incident as “disgusting” as it paints a negative picture of the LoR competitive scene.
“The match-fixing scandal is disgusting and paints a negative picture of [both the local and Southeast Asian] LoR competitive scene,” JadeDragonSS stated.
ESIC also emphasized in their statement that they are also requesting all non-ESIC member tournament organizers to honor the said bans.
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