Match-Fixing, DDoS... LoL e-Sports, Shaky ‘Fairness’

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Match-fixing, DDoS... LoL e-sports, shaky ‘fairness’ [Lee Joo-hyun’s login e-sports]


League of Legends (LoL, hereinafter referred to as LoL) e-sports is facing a ‘crisis of fairness’.

League of Legends, developed by Riot Games, is one of the most popular games in the world.

That's why it boasts the largest scale among e-sports events.

The League of Legends World Championship, an international competition called 'Worlds Cup', is watched by hundreds of millions of viewers every year.

However, the 'fairness' that is the basis of sports is threatened, as the Vietnamese LoL league has recently been embroiled in a large-scale match-fixing incident, and in the Korean LoL league, LCK, a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack has disrupted practice for certain teams.

The sense of crisis is growing. 카지노

Vietnam Championship Series (VCS), Vietnam's professional league, was embroiled in a major match-fixing scandal during the 2024 spring season.

Officials involved in match-fixing were caught in all eight teams participating in the VCS league.

On March 28, VCS announced a list of a total of 32 players and officials suspected of involvement through its official SNS.

VCS announced that it had decided to temporarily suspend the playing and match conducting activities of these 32 people.

This incident was triggered by a match between Team Wales and MGN Blue held on the 14th of last month.

In that match, MGN Blue players intentionally delayed the match without destroying the opponent's Nexus even though they were in a very advantageous situation.

As questions about the game grew, VCS temporarily suspended league operations and began its own investigation.

As a result, it was revealed that more than half of the VCS league players participated, causing great shock.

VCS later announced that the playoff schedule would proceed as scheduled.

As a result, there is great confusion, with retired players returning.

LCK, the domestic professional LoL league, is suffering from the aftereffects of the DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) incident, although not as much as match-fixing.

LCK, whose league broadcasting was disrupted due to a DDoS attack, resumed live broadcasting from the 20th of last month by installing its own offline server at LoL Park in Jongno-gu, Seoul.

This seemed to put an end to the DDoS incident.

However, as DDoS attacks against specific gaming teams rather than the league continue, controversy over 'fairness' is being raised.

T1, the team that won last year's World Cup, announced 'temporary suspension of Internet streaming for the LoL players' through its official SNS on the 21st of last month.

Special measures were taken as the players' individual practice was disrupted due to continued DDoS attacks.

According to T1, the DDoS attack is known to have continued for several months since the end of last year.

Controversy over the incident grew as T1 lost with a set score of 3 to 0 in the second round of the spring playoffs against Hanwha Life Esports on the 4th of this month.

T1 coach Kim Jeong-gyun and 'Faker' Sang-hyeok Lee, who participated in the post-game interview, expressed difficulties during practice due to DDoS attacks.

T1 players were provided with a new super account by Riot Games, but it was reported that they were feeling limitations due to the MMR (matchmaking rating) being different from the existing account.

MMR refers to the standard score that matches you in a match with an opponent of similar skill level.

A super account is a practice account for competitions that gives players a rank of Diamond or higher from the start in ranked matches for players to practice in the LoL Pro League.

T1 general manager Jeong Hoe-yoon said in an internet broadcast conducted after the end of the game on the 4th, "Players' practice can be largely divided into solo rank and scrimmage, but during the regular season of the Spring Split, both solo rank and scrimmage, including personal broadcasts, were hit."

“Fortunately, after changing the Solo Rank account, the scrimmage is proceeding without any problems, but it is true that there is a difference in practice quality in Solo Rank (due to differences in MMR)” he said.