Riot Games has issued a final determination on those teams they alleged cheated this past weekend in the third day of the Season 2 League of Legends World Playoff Matches. Riot has concluded that Korean team Azubu Frost is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct and will be fined 20 percent of its winnings. The fine will be donated to a Riot Games charity in Korea.
Issuing a statement on the League of Legends forums, Riot vice president of eSports Dustin Beck wrote that that Korean team Azubu Frost (AzF) has been found guilty of "unsportsmanlike conduct," and will be fined $30,000, or 20 percent of the team's current tournament winnings. Three other teams were issued official warnings for their conduct, and one team was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Riot's investigation found that that AzF player Woong had violated the rules by looking at the stage screens displaying the opposing team's minimap during game 1 of quarterfinal number 3, and that this action helped his team. Other team members altered their gameplay behavior based on that information, according to Riot.
"We evaluated these cases based on intent, severity and tangible impact to the course of the game," Beck wrote. "Based on our investigation, the Azubu Frost incident is the only one where we determined there to be tangible impact; we believe other members of AzF modified their gameplay based upon the information gained. We don’t believe, however, that these actions decided the winner of the game.
"We take this stuff seriously, he continued. "Our rules on sportsmanlike conduct are clearly communicated to competitors, and our decisions here are based on those rules. More importantly, this sort of behavior shouldn't have been possible in the first place, and we recognize that and have taken steps to ensure it doesn't happen in the future."