The competitive e-sports scene has exploded in the past two years, with top MOBA teams competing for prizes of up to an incredible $1,000,000 US from a single tournament. This weekend, MOBA fans tuned in to the League of Legends World Championship tournament, streamed live from Los Angeles. The crowd attending the event got front row seats to see the game’s best teams battle it out over a total of $2,000,000 US in prize money, and with so much money on the line, it’s no surprise that accusations of cheating have already surfaced.
A huge screen showed the match in action to event attendees, with two smaller screens showing each team’s in-game map with the positions of their players. Competitors were told to face forward at all times, but controversy erupted last night when livestream viewers at home noticed players turning their heads and looking up away from the screen. It was argued that those players were cheating by looking at the opposing team’s minimap to check the positions of their players.
Riot Games e-sports coordinator RiotTiza was lead referee for the tournament and released the following statement:
“We keep a constant watch on all the players on stage at all times. We have cameras as well as live people walking onto stage to keep tabs in everything. All players are told that they need to remain sitting, facing forward, and with headphones on at all times, including during pauses. I can personally confirm that no WE player looked at the minimap at any point during the match.”