Amihan Esports Responds To Their 12-Month Competitive Ban
Amihan Esports responds to their 12-month competitive ban from Riot Games by releasing an official statement yesterday, July 17, 2021.
“It’s part of the game. Nonetheless, our love for the game will never be gone.”
– Amihan Owner pic.twitter.com/w1DTsDAwmx
— Amihan Esports (@AmihanEsports) July 17, 2021
The owner of Amihan Esports, Francis Mariano, apologized to Riot Games, PPGL, Mineski, and the fans and members of the Wild Rift community for the recent controversy that led to their 12-month competitive ban.
“I would like to start with an apology. To Riot Games, PPGL, Mineski, and most importantly our fans and the Wild Rift Community – we are deeply sorry for what we have done,” Mariano said in the announcement. “We were fortunate to have the chance to compete in the first Wild Rift Championship and the SEA Summer Super Cup,” he adds.
Mariano attributes the mishap to organizational mismanagement and oversight.
“Our mismanagement and oversight have led to repercussions,” Mariano confirmed. “[Karl Ken “Karlll” Bautista] was under the age of 17 at the time of competing in the tournament (he turned 17 on July 15th). Oversight of mismanagement within our organization resulted in his documents being forged by the terminated manager to misrepresent his age.”
Mariano and Amihan Esports respected and accepted Riot’s decision and thus they are taking full responsibility and are truly apologetic.
Prior to the official announcement, Amihan’s official Facebook page stated in a now-deleted post that they will be releasing pieces of evidence to seek justice for the organization, management team, and Karlll.
Amihan’s coach Mikey “Ferzerk” Alberto also initially released a statement on his Facebook page informing about his side of the story and as well as condemning the targeted harassment towards the team on social media.
None of the players, especially Karlll, have yet to release statements of their own. However, an informant for Esports Inquirer tipped us that Amihan’s team captain, Beaver-Ed “Orthros” Villanueva, will be releasing a statement of his own soon.
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