As of yesterday MLG released a statement disqualifying two of the top teams in the MLG League of Legends tournament this summer. As a result there is no 1st or 2nd Place finishes for the summer tournament. MLG posted this announcement on their site:
“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 two teams were apparently going to let one or another win the final round and split the money between the two teams. How this was discovered by the MLG staff was not revealed. With this being on of the biggest cases of violations of fair play in a sanctioned event since the days of Starcraft modding to rise the in the ladder ranks.
What effect do you think this will have on the future of professional and amateur players and organized play?