Over the weekend Major League Gaming held its semi-annual tournament for several games including StarCraft II and newly added and now ridiculously popular League of Legends. In one of their first rounds the top two teams at the tournament: Dignitas and Curse NA secretly agreed to a round of the fairly popular ARAM variation of LoL to the obvious confusion of the crowds. But what also happened behind the scenes was much worse as both teams came out as colluding for profit.
According to MGL, Dignitas and Curse agreed to throw games and split the prize money down the middle, which is clearly out of the spirit of the tournament. MLG has since disqualified both of the teams, handing their 1st and 2nd place titles to Team SoloMid and Counter Logic Gaming respectively.
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.
More interestingly, there does not appear to be any sort of disagreement between MLG and the winners, as both teams have not denied the accusations, brings question into the ethical conduct and just straight-out legitimacy of these teams:
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.
In a video clarification and apology, Team Curse says that the accusations surrounding the collusion were false, but that the ARAM game was obviously pre-determined:
What does this mean for MLG? There’s a good chance that future events will have a much more strict guideline. No word at the moment on the future of League of Legends at future MLG events, but I will imagine that the guidelines for team conduct will be much more strict in the future. Talk about ruining the fun for future teams guys!