Yesterday, we reported on a scandal at the League of Legends World Championship playoffs involving members of team Azubu Frost allegedly using the tournament displays (with both team's vision revealed for the benefit of the spectators) to gain information about the other team. The professional esports equivalent of the classic "screen hack" you used to get accused of in Goldeneye, basically. Riot has ruled that the outcome of the match will stand, but that Azubu Frost will be fined $30,000, which accounts for 20 percent of their winnings.
"We evaluated these cases based on intent, severity, and tangible impact to the course of the game," Riot's VP of esports explained . "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 (level 1 ping and Jayce brush check) based upon the information gained. We don't believe, however, that these actions decided the winner of the game."
Riot's Senior eSports manager clarifies what was observed: "Between the restart and the final crash, at 19:24 on the game clock, WE WeiXiao looked up to his left and back at the venue screens. This happened shortly after a surge in crowd noise and a vuvuzela blast. Prior to WE Weixiao looking at the screens, Team WE had sufficient ward coverage to know the location of CLG.EU Froggen (Orianna) in mid, CLG.EU Yellowpete (Ezrael), who had just left top to either B or go through the jungle, CLG.EU Snoopeh (Cho'Gath), who was near wraiths, and CLG.EU Wickd (Malphite) at bottom."
As for the other teams accused of taking advantage of the stage layout, the following rulings were issued:
The money AzF was fined will be going to Riot's charity partners in Korea, according to the post.