Dragon Gate members banned from League of Legends Master Series for life
The members are accused of fixing matches
A popular Hong Kong-based League of Legends team has learned the hard way that it doesn’t pay to cheat. Dragon Gate, which recently competed in the League of Legends Master Series (LMS) 2019 Spring event, was found to have participated in illegal gambling and match-fixing during the team’s performance and several of the team members have now been issued a lifetime ban from the LMS.
Dragon Gate finished dead last in the competition, only winning two of the 14 games it played. An investigation into the team’s performance was launched by Riot over the suspect gameplay and the dubious actions were confirmed. As a result, Dragon Gate’s owner, Hu Wei Jie, was banned from the LMS and is also banned from being involved with any team in a Riot-sanctioned tournament. Team coach Fan “yoga” Jiang-Peng and manager Li “xiaoyu” Xin-Yu were banned from LMS games and also received 12-month suspensions from Riot-sanctioned tournaments. Jungler Liu “JGY” Yang received an 18-month suspension.
Huang “2188” Jin-Long, Dragon Gate’s top player, confirmed the match-fixing in a statement, stating that another player was initially approached about participating. When he refused, he was replaced by another player for the season’s final three weeks. He added, “As for our owner, Hu Wei-Jie. During the last 4 months, you said that you wanted to create a dream team. You always said that you wanted to be famous in the League scene. Now you have it, everyone in the League community knows what you’ve done. I hope that you will stay away from any future team. I don’t know if you would hire someone else to be an owner as your puppet in the future, and continue with your gambling schemes.”