Riot eSports vice president Redbeard has taken to the League of Legends forum to explain what happened regarding the outages and cheating allegations:
“In hindsight, the potential visibility of minimap screens for players was a mistake. Despite on-site referees, close monitoring of player cams backstage, and stage design that ensured players would have to turn more than 90 degrees to be able to catch a glimpse of the minimaps, even the possibility of unfair play was simply unacceptable. We’re taking steps to ensure the minimap screens are not visible to players.
“We are re-examining photos, videos and renders of the stage layout to definitively understand sight lines between the players on-stage and the minimaps overhead. We’re taking it a step further moving forward to completely ensure the screens aren’t visible to players.
“Forward-facing camera angles can be misleading and we want to make sure everyone has the full picture before drawing any conclusions. This is something that we believe requires a comprehensive investigation but we absolutely understand why it’s cause for alarm.”
“Regarding yesterday’s connection failures, we had a string of issues including a power failure, and two internet connectivity incidents we are continuing to investigate. It sucks that this happened, but we’re going to dive deep into the root cause to see if there are any other redundancies that could safeguard against this in the future.”
“We believe the most important concern here is about fairness, and we’re going to do everything we can to preserve that moving forward.”
“League of Legends as an eSport is young, and we’re learning a lot with each event. This is the run-up to our Super Bowl, and we’ve really been pouring our blood, sweat and tears into it. We’re as disappointed as you are that yesterday had so many issues, but we’re committed to improving, so that’s what we’re going to try to do.”
The League of Legends Season Two World Playoffs have been postponed following technical issues, and several teams have been accused of cheating.
The Internet connection at competition venue LA Live dropped in the middle of a match between CLG and WE, leaving the teams unable to finish the game.
It then dropped again twice after a restart, forcing Riot to postpone the day’s remaining matches.
“We'll be completing the last game of the CLG EU and Team WE quarterfinal match and finishing out the Semifinal Matches in the near future from a new location with a secure Internet connection,” said Riot.
“The situation is unavoidable, and – in the interest of doing what's best for your favorite teams – we want to ensure we're not subjecting them to frequent disconnects.”
A revised schedule would be determined later this week according to the League of Legends eSports Twitter account.
The day’s play was also hampered by allegations of cheating.
Several threads on the League of Legends forums contain photos and video links of players turning around in what is claimed to be attempts to view their opponents’ position on the large spectator screens behind them.
Tournament rules state that players must remain seated and facing forward at all times during matches.
RiotTiza, the lead referee of one of the matches in question, posted a response, stating that no cheating had taken place.
“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.”
“Players make eye contact on stage fairly regularly. Team WE in particular talked directly to each other a good amount. A single, limited camera view with a field of a few feet is not enough to determine where a someone is looking on a cross-stage scale. We directly monitor players to assure this is not the case, and maintained due diligence at all times over the course of the event.”
The playoffs will continue over the coming week, culminating in a grand final on October 13.